Thursday, April 16, 2015

Israeli Man Dies After Possible Car Ramming Attack

Shalom Yohai Sherki, 25, of Jerusalem, died in hospital on Thursday morning after being struck by a car on Wednesday night. Shira Klein, 20, who was injured in the same incident, is hospitalized in a serious but stable condition.

The Israel Police reported on Thursday that the driver of the car, a 37-year-old Palestinian from Anta, was being held for questioning. The suspicion is increasing among the police that the incident was a terror attack, rather than an accident.

Sherki and Klein were injured on Wednesday night when a car drove into them while they were standing at a bus stop in Jerusalem's French Hill neighborhood.

The Palestinian driver and his passenger were lightly injured. Sherki and Klein were evacuated in serious condition to Hadassah University Hospital in Ein Karem.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat arrived at the scene Wednesday night along with heavy police forces and emergency crew.

The incident occurred on Route 1, not far from some of the car ramming attacks in Jerusalem in recent months.

Thousands of people attended Sherki's burial in Jerusalem's Givat Shaul cemetery on Thursday.

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