Two Israeli children and a young Palestinian man were killed, and eight others were injured, in a head-on collision between two cars on route 557 near the Shavei Shomron Junction in the West Bank late Tuesday night.
Ori Lipnik, 12, and her 8-year-old brother Roi were killed in the crash. Magen David Adom paramedics, with assistance from an IDF medical force, declared Ori dead on the scene. Her brother Roi was taken to the hospital, but was declared dead upon arrival.
The children's parents, Shirley and Ohad, were injured along with two of their other children. Shirley, 35, and her 12-year-old son were seriously injured. Ohad was light-to-moderately injured. Their five-months-old baby was only lightly hurt. They were taken to the Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba.
Fatkhi Abd al-Karim Abu Shanab, 21 from Tulkarm, who drove the other vehicle, died at a hospital in the city. Another Palestinian man, 25, was extracted after having been trapped in his vehicle and airlifted to the Beilinson Hospital at the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva, while three other Palestinians, who were moderately hurt, were taken to a hospital in Tulkarm.
According to the Israel Police's traffic accident investigators, the Palestinian driver, who was killed in the accident, was most likely speeding, hit the guardrail, and the vehicle was thrown to the center of road, blocking the lane the Lipniks were traveling on as they were making their way home to Shavei Shomron.