'An entire family was wiped out - we can't believe it'

Actress Michal Mukhtar, cousin of one of the victims, cancels performance after tragedy. Family agrees to donate organs.

Uzi Baruch,

Scene of the accident
Scene of the accident
Courtesy of MDA

Relatives of the Mukhtar family, who lost a father and two children in a tragic car accident Monday, say they are in a state of shock and are having difficulty coming to grips with what happened.

Among those mourning the loss of Alon Mukhtar, 47, and his 12-year old daughter and 7-year old son is voice actress and child TV star Michal “Mikki” Mukhtar, Alon’s first cousin.

“A whole family was wiped out,” Michal Mukhtar told Yediot Ahronot. “It’s unbelievable.”

The accident occurred on Monday, when a car carrying six members of the Mukhtar family collided with a truck on Route 70 near the town of Avdon in the western Galilee.

The father, Alon, and the youngest son, Yoel Shalom, died shortly after the crash.

On Tuesday, Alon’s 12-year old daughter, Ella, succumbed to her injuries at the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya.

The family’s mother, Sarah, 47, is still fighting for her life in the Galilee Medical Center’s intensive care unit. She is listed in serious condition.

Two additional children, Yonatan, 16, and Aviyah, 14, were less severely injured.

The driver of the truck was lightly injured.

The Mukhtar family’s 11-year old daughter was in a separate car at the time of the accident, and was not injured.

Friends and neighbors described Alon as a caring family man.

“Alon was such a good person, it is hard to describe it in words,” said Eitan Lehman, a neighbor of the Mukhtars. “He would always avoid speaking badly [about others] and would only speak positively about his friends and neighbors. You couldn’t find one person who had a dispute with Alon. Sarah, too, is a wonderful mother. Our community is now facing a big test. This is one of the hardest things to face us in recent years. We’re helping the family as much as we can, but the shock is deep. I can’t believe that I won’t see Alon or [the two] children again.”

The Mukhtar family has agreed to donate the organs of the deceased for transplant. Corneas and eye tissue from Alon have been removed and transferred to the National Transplant Center.

Alon, Ella, and Yoel Shalom will be laid to rest in the Kfar Adumim cemetery at 6:30 p.m.




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