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cene of accident Photo: Ofer Amram
cene of accident Photo: Ofer Amram

Woman killed in hit and run accident; driver flees Israel

Black X6 BWM vehicle speeds into Tel Aviv junction, fatally colliding into twenty five-year-old Lee Zeitouni. Driver escapes scene, flees country. After extensive manhunt, police locates vehicle owner in Paris. Authorities working to issue arrest warrant with Interpol

Eli Senyor
Published: 09.17.11, 21:55 / Israel News

A young woman was killed in a hit-and-run accident in central Tel Aviv on Friday. The driver, who escaped the scene, fled the country immediately after the accident, and was located in Paris a day later by the police.


Twenty-five year old Lee Zeitouni was on her way to a sports club where she taught Pilates classes, when a Black X6 BWM jeep sped into the junction, forcefully crashing into Zeitouni and flinging her dozens of meters in the air.


Zeitouni, who suffered multiple internal injuries, was pronounced dead on the scene.

החלה לחצות את הכביש - ונהרגה (צילום: עופר עמרם)

Driver raged into junction, then left scene (Photo: Ofer Amram)


The police launched a vigorous hunt for the driver, and managed to locate the vehicle hours later at a parking lot of a residential building in Tel Aviv.


Neighbors told the police that they saw the suspect, who moved to Israel from France only months earlier, leave the apartment in a rush, along with suitcases.


After intense investigation, the police managed to contact the owner of the vehicle in Paris, who promised to return to Israel. Meanwhile, the police and the prosecutor's office were cooperating with the Interpol in order to issue an arrest warrant against the vehicle owner and his friend, who is suspected of driving the vehicle at the time of the accident.




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