Passenger, pedestrian killed as car overturns, skids on quiet Jerusalem street

Driver suffers serious injuries in accident, which occurs in heavy rain on steep, narrow Hildesheimer Street

The scene of a fatal traffic accident in Jerusalem, February 1, 2023. (Israel Police)
The scene of a fatal traffic accident in Jerusalem, February 1, 2023. (Israel Police)

Two people were killed Wednesday night when a car overturned on a Jerusalem street and then careened into a pedestrian, the Israel Police said.

A man, 78, who was a passenger in the car, and a woman, 19, walking along the street, were declared dead at the scene.

Another woman, 76, who was driving the car was seriously injured. Both of the car’s occupants were residents of the city.

The accident happened on Azriel Hildesheimer Street in the German Colony neighborhood. The narrow street is in some parts steeply inclined and there was heavy rain on Wednesday night. Many roads in the area become shallow streams in rainstorms.

An initial police investigation found that the car was apparently traveling fast along the street and for unknown reasons hit a safety barrier. The car then overturned and continued to slide down the street, hitting the pedestrian.

The two people in the car were trapped inside the badly damaged vehicle, requiring emergency services to extract them.

The seriously injured woman was taken to the capital’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center.

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