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Woman killed, 3 injured as car mounts sidewalk in Tel Aviv

Initial probe said to find driver exiting parking spot accidentally drove forward instead of reversing

The scene where a car mounted a sidewalk and hit pedestrians in Kikar Hamedina, Tel Aviv, September 12, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/ Flash90)
The scene where a car mounted a sidewalk and hit pedestrians in Kikar Hamedina, Tel Aviv, September 12, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/ Flash90)

A woman was killed and three other people were injured when a car jumped a sidewalk at a popular thoroughfare in central Tel Aviv, hitting several pedestrians.

Paramedics worked to save the life of the woman in her 20s, who was crushed underneath the hatchback vehicle after a driver lost control and crashed onto a sidewalk at Kikar Hamedina, a massive traffic circle lined with high-end shops.

The Magen David Adom emergency service said it took four people to the hospital, among them the woman, who had been trapped under the car and was in critical condition.

In addition, a man, 22, and a woman, 50, were in serious condition with multiple injuries, MDA said. Another woman, 56, suffered moderate injuries.

The four were transported to Ichilov Hospital, which later said that the critically injured woman died of her injuries and that the other three were listed in moderate and light condition.

An initial investigation found that a woman, 60, driving the car out of a parking spot had accidentally accelerated forward instead of reversing, causing the vehicle to careen onto the sidewalk, hitting pedestrians, and then crash into a store front, the Kan public broadcaster reported.

The scene where a car mounted a sidewalk and hit pedestrians in Kikar Hamedina, Tel Aviv, September 12, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

According to the Or Yarok road safety lobby group, since the start of the year, 238 people have been killed on the country’s roads.

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