Driver hit a 6-year-old on a crosswalk - and ran

Indictment filed against 21-year-old Jerusalemite who hit a child with his car on a crosswalk, injuring him badly, and then drove away.

Uzi Baruch ,

The driver in court
The driver in court
Photo: Eliran Aharon

The Jerusalem District Attorney's office today (Wednesday) filed an indictment against David Amar, 21, of Jerusalem, on charges of negligent driving, leaving the scene of an accident, and overtaking a vehicle near a crosswalk. The indictment was filed in the Jerusalem District court.

According to the indictment, the defendant has never had a driver's license. Last Friday night he was driving a car with his brother and another friend as passengers. When he came upon the Bar Ilan intersection, he overtook a car that had stopped at a crosswalk in order to allow a six-year-old child to cross the road.

As the defendant was overtaking the car in front at high speed, he hit the child who then went airborne from the force of the impact, landing on his head on the street some feet away.

The defendant stopped his car, went out and saw that the child was lying on the road with injuries to his head, and immediately returned to his car and made a quick getaway.

The police at first gave chase after the wrong vehicle, only arresting the real perpetrator the next morning after his brother turned him in. After an investigation, the police recommended that the case go to trial.

The child was rushed to the Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital suffering from multiple head wounds and bruises to other parts of his body, and was given intensive treatment for increased intracranial pressure, among other things.

"The defendant was involved in an accident which caused someone severe physical harm, and didn't stop or call for help. This while driving though he's never had a license, without insurance, and with great negligence," the indictment read.