Rave party organizer suspected of negligence in death of participant
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Rave party organizer suspected of negligence in death of participant

Court keeps suspect in custody as police say host waited hours before calling for help for 20-year-old woman who died of heatstroke

In this file photo, partygoers take a nap during a nature party in the forest of Mount Carmel. (illustrative photo; photo credit: Alana Perino/Flash90)
In this file photo, partygoers take a nap during a nature party in the forest of Mount Carmel. (illustrative photo; photo credit: Alana Perino/Flash90)

The Beersheba Magistrate’s Court on Thursday extended the remand of one of the organizers of an outdoor rave party at which a woman died of heatstroke, after police said he delayed calling for help for several hours after the woman collapsed.

The suspect, a resident of the southern town of Rahat, was ordered held in custody for another four days. He is suspected of manslaughter, causing injury through negligence and operating a business without a license.

The woman, a 20-year-old soldier, was found unconscious and was resuscitated by medics before being taken to a hospital. She died four days later.

A police representative told the court there was testimony and evidence that the organizer was responsible for her death because of the four-hour delay in calling for help.

The woman was found unconscious early Saturday morning in a wooded area near the Goral Junction and was hospitalized in critical condition.

Magen David Adom medics said at the time they found her without a pulse but managed to resuscitate her before taking her to the hospital.

The hospital said the woman suffered irreversible brain damage due to heatstroke.

Doctors added that no alcohol or drugs were found in her system.

Police arrested several organizers of the event and were investigating the incident.

“Officers arrived at the scene and found a ‘nature party’ that was then stopped. The incident is being investigated,” police said at the time.

“Nature party” is sometimes a euphemism for drug raves.

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