One of the vehicles in Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s motorcade hit a 10-year-old girl as she crossed the street on a “walk” signal Thursday night in Jerusalem.
The girl had waited until the pedestrian traffic signal turned green and then began to cross the street with her sister when a jeep belonging to PM Olmert’s motorcade struck her, causing her to fly six feet forward and suffer a wound to her head.
She was treated immediately by a paramedic who was part of the motorcade and then evacuated to Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital, where her condition was graded as “lightly injured.”
The vehicle that hit her stopped and waited for police to arrive, but the rest of the motorcade continued onward.
PM Olmert’s office confirmed that his motorcade was involved in the accident, but said he was in a different car and was only informed of the incident once he arrived at his Jerusalem office. He then called the hospital to inquire after the girl’s condition.
Police explained that Shabak (General Security Service) regulation do not allow the prime minister’s motorcade to stop at red lights and pointed out that sirens and flashing lights were being used at the time.
The Shabak issued a statement Thursday night claiming the girl and her sister had in fact crossed the street on red.