Haunted by Victims' Pain, Traffic Police Officer Takes Own Life
Deputy Transportation Minister Tzipi Hotovely on Sunday expressed her condolences to the family of traffic police officer Yoni Giz, who took his own life over the weekend. In a letter discovered next to his body early Sunday, Giz said that he could no longer deal with the tragedies he saw in the course of his work, viewing the many people killed and injured in traffic accidents.
"I hear the accidents' dead victims calling out to me," Giz wrote in his suicide note, according to Channel 2.
In a letter to the family, Hotovely said she understood what he had meant. “Yoni was an excellent and valued officer, who just a few months ago was chosen to head the Traffic Police Accident Department. During the time he served, he sacrificed himself for the fight against unsafe driving.
“As the individual responsible for road safety in the Transportation Ministry, I understand the difficulties he faced along with other officers. They see difficult events on a daily basis, lives that are cut short for no reason. May Heaven console you along with the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem,” Hotovely concluded, invoking the traditional Jewish blessing given to those who have lost loved ones.
In a statement, police said that “The Israel Police and the Traffic Department express their sadness at the tragic death of Yoni. He headed the Traffic Accident Section of the Traffic Department with great professionalism, excellence, and according to the values of the Israel Police. May his memory be blessed.”