'A pleasant and beloved man'

Matania Stern, Religious High School teacher, stopped his car at roadside, exited and was run over. Gedera mayor eulogizes.

Mordechai Sones,

site of the accident
site of the accident

Matanya Stern, a 34-year-old resident of Tekoa in eastern Gush Etzion, was killed today after being hit by a vehicle on Menachem Begin Boulevard in the town of Gedera, located south of Rechovot.

A police investigation revealed that Stern stopped his car at the side of the road for unknown reasons and exited it. A passing vehicle hit him, and MDA teams were forced to declare his death.

The funeral of the father of four will be held today at 17:00 in the Moshav Ahiezer cemetery.

Gedera Mayor Yoel Gamliel, eulogized him, "We are stunned and devastated by the premature departure of Matanya, a teacher from the high school of Darka Ramon [named for Israeli Astronaut Ilan Ramon], who was killed this morning by a passing car.

"To the Stern family: We support you in these difficult moments and convey our heartfelt condolences."