A 40-year-old man was killed in a suspected hit-and-run accident Sunday morning on Road 505 between the Jewish settlements of Oranit and Elkana.
Lior Farhi, a security coordinator who lives in Shaare Tikva, was apparently trying to document the entry of illegal Palestinian workers into Israel
when he was hit by a car and critically injured.
Police arrested a 25-year-old man from Kfar Kassem on suspicion of driving the vehicle.The man was located in Jaffa and taken in for questioning by the Shin Bet.
Scene of hit-and-run (Photo: Itamar Fleishman)
A Magen David Adom emergency crew attended to the man and rushed him to the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikvah while performing CPR. He was later declared dead. He will be given a military funeral. He may also be recognized as one of Israel's fallen, as he died in the line of duty.
According to eyewitnesses, the man was hit to death as he was standing in the middle of the road with a weapon his hand.
The man's friend is believes the incident was intentional. "The vehicle had so much time to stop, that's what we expected it to do, but it just hit him and blew him away. He was run over intentionally."
The security coordinator was survived by his wife and three children.
Friends and family gather outside Farhi's home (Photo: Ido Erez)
According to an initial investigation, before being hit the man managed to document his attempts to stop the Palestinian workers from entering with his camera.
The driver suspected of hitting the man fled the scene, and the police later received a report of a stolen vehicle, which may have been the one involved in the incident.
Police are still searching for additional suspects, and are not ruling out the possibility that the car's owner was not the person driving it at the time of the incident.
Judea and Samaria District Police Commander Amos Yaakov said that "the security guard arrived to document the entry of an illegal resident and tried to stop the vehicle, which kept going at high speed, hit and killed him. It was an intentional hit. We are currently investigating all leads."
Itamar Fleishman contributed to this report