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Yeshiva Student Killed on the Way to the Mikveh

Tragedy before Shabbat: 16-year-old from Beit Shemesh killed in accident while making his way towards a mikveh in northern Israel.
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 8/5/2011, 9:13 PM

The scene of the accident
The scene of the accident
ZAKA

A 16-year-old yeshiva student from Beit Shemesh was killed on Friday afternoon after being hit by a car at the entrance to Moshav Safsufa in the Upper Galilee near Mount Meron. His friend who was with him was critically injured.

The accident occurred as the two, students at the Breslov yeshiva in Bnai Brak,  made their way on foot to the mikveh (Jewish ritual bath) in Safsufa. The driver who hit the two is a 26-year-old resident of the Arab town of Tarshiha,  part of the Maalot-Tarshiha joint Jewish-Arab municipality (the only one of its kind in Israel). He was detained by police for questioning.

A team of Magen David Adom paramedics took the injured teen to the Rambam Hospital in Haifa.

ZAKA volunteer Shai Elmakias told Arutz Sheva’s Hebrew website before the start of Shabbat: “The accident happened at the entrance to Moshav Sufsufa in the Galilee. Two yeshiva students who were walking on the road were hit by a passing private vehicle.

“When I reached the scene the casualties were lying in the ditch near the road,” Elmakias said. “I immediately began performing CPR on them, but unfortunately, one 16-year-old boy was pronounced dead and his friend, who was in critical condition, was taken by helicopter to Rambam Hospital in Haifa.”

Elmakias said that the accident was “a difficult sight to see. The yeshiva students are just starting their vacation these days and already such a tragedy has taken place.”

(Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically, however, on all Arutz Sheva articles is Israeli time.)