Two teen sisters from the southern port city of Ashkelon were killed Thursday and a third sister was fighting for her life after a car crash. Police suspect the driver was speeding while under the influence of alcohol at the time.
One of the three sisters, 16-year-old Tahel Maul, was declared dead at the scene by Magen David Adom paramedics. The two other siblings and the driver were taken to Barzilai Medical Center in the city, where the older sister, 19-year-old Yarin Maul, was declared dead despite efforts to save her life.
Both sisters were to be buried at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Giv’at Zion cemetery in Ashkelon.
The 3 a.m. smash happened when the driver, 22, lost control of the vehicle and hit a tree on a traffic island. So powerful was the force of the collision that the car’s engine was thrown out and scattered down the street.
The third sister, 14-year-old Adele Maul, was flown to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba for further treatment after doctors stabilized her condition.
Her life was still in danger according to Hebrew-language media reports.
The driver, who was moderately injured in the accident, was apparently Yarin’s boyfriend. An initial investigation reportedly found that he was speeding at the time, and police suspect he may also have been drunk. Another suspicion is that the passengers did not have their seat belts fastened.
“They were very close with one another,” said Liav Vaknin, a friend of Tahel, who was to celebrate her 17th birthday on September 9. “Sometimes they would fight a bit, then make up. They liked hanging around together, and then this happened.”
The sisters’ aunt told Channel 12 news that Tahel was “a beautiful and smart girl. She always helped everyone and was the first to offer help.”
Stuart Winer contributed to this report.