'Father in Heaven, Have Mercy!'
Relatives of the eight members of the Attias family, who were killed in a horrific car accident in Tiberias after their breaks failed in May of 2012, released on Tuesday a recording of the family’s conversation with police officers, moments before the car crashed.
Rafael and Yehudit Attias were killed in the accident along with six of their children: Avia, 17, twins Eliyashiv and Neria Shimon, 16, Shira, 11, Tair, 8 and Noa, 4. Only the couple’s daughter Rachel, who was seven years old at the time, survived the crash. She currently lives in Tzfat with her aunt.
During the conversation between Rafael and Yehudit and the police officers, the couple tried to explain that they lost their brakes and needed a police vehicle to come and help them bring the car to safety. As they spoke, the car continued to accelerate until it reached a speed of 130 km/h (80 miles/hour) before crashing.