Settler leader blames lack of police, ‘wild Arab driving’ for fatal W Bank crash
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Settler leader blames lack of police, ‘wild Arab driving’ for fatal W Bank crash

After deadly accident, Yossi Dagan says no answer to requests for boosted enforcement; Road Safety Authority said to be discreetly providing educational material to Palestinians

Yossi Dagan, the head of Shomron Regional Council, addresses the 14th annual B'Sheva Jerusalem Conference, on February 12, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Yossi Dagan, the head of Shomron Regional Council, addresses the 14th annual B'Sheva Jerusalem Conference, on February 12, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

A top settler leader on Wednesday lamented the lack of law enforcement on West Bank roads, and blamed “wild driving by Arabs” for deadly accidents, a day after two young Israeli siblings and a Palestinian man were killed in a head-on collision in the northern West Bank.

Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan said “Both we and Samaria police have long been seeking additional traffic police, and to boost enforcement on Samaria’s roads, but our many requests have gone unanswered.”

Police said Wednesday that an initial investigation into the incident showed that the Palestinian driver had lost control, due to high speed, and collided with the other car.

“Sadly, we see wild driving by Arabs across the region,” Dagan said. “On that same road one year ago, a resident of the nearby (settlement of) Einav was killed, also because of a local Arab’s wild driving.”

He claimed, “There are those who do not see fit to provide manpower here, as they do in other parts of the country.”

A vehicle smashed after hitting a camel and another vehicle on Route 40 on January 16, 2018. (Fire Brigade Southern District)

He called for a major push both on an enforcement level and on the educational front to encourage safe driving habits in the area, as well as funding for an upgrade to dilapidated roads.

Channel 10 reported, meanwhile, that the National Road Safety Authority has in recent months been discreetly providing educational material on road safety to Palestinians, while removing its logo from the texts due to the sensitivity of the matter.

Tuesday’s accident claimed the lives of 12-year-old Ori Lipnik, her 8-year-old brother Roee Lipnik, as well as a Palestinian man.

Ori and Rosee Lipnik (first and third from left) with their parents and siblings (courtesy)

The Magen David Adom rescue service said 11 people in total were hurt, when a Palestinian vehicle collided with a car carrying the Israeli family near the Shavei Shomron settlement on Route 557.

The children’s mother was seriously injured, as was a third 12-year-old child. The father was lightly injured, as was a fourth infant son. Four Palestinians were also injured.

The two Israeli victims were buried Wednesday at the Shavei Shomron cemetery. Their injured father was brought in on a stretcher to eulogize them.

Jacob Magid contributed to this report.

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