In a tragic accident in Jerusalem Sunday afternoon, a ten year old boy was killed when he was knocked off his bicycle after it was hit by a truck. The boy was severely injured when his head hit the ground. Rescue teams arrived within minutes, finding him without a pulse. Unable to revive him, the teams called for an ambulance to transport the child to Shaare Tzedek Hospital, where doctors officially recorded his death.
The accident occurred at the Pat Junction in south Jerusalem, typically a very busy intersection. Witnesses said that the truck, which was carrying building materials, hit the child as it was moving at full, but apparently legal, speed. Rescue workers said that it appeared that the child had died almost immediately after being hit by the truck, and that there was nothing they could do to revive him.
Police are questioning the truck driver. No charges are expected to be filed.
The death at the Pat Junction was actually the second death of a child Sunday in Jerusalem. Earlier, an eight month old infant died after she fell unconscious in a nursery in the Shmuel Hanavi neighborhood of the city. The infant was found by a caretaker, who immediately called rescue teams, but they were unable to revive her.
The infant died after the caretaker had put her down for a nap. Police have opened an investigation into the circumstances of her death. Rescue workers said that the baby appeared to be a victim of crib death, but that only a full investigation could indicate the true cause of death.