A six-year-old chareidi boy was badly injured late Friday afternoon, minutes after the onset of Shabbos, in a hit and run incident at the Bar Ilan Junction in Yerushalayim. The child was treated at the scene by rescue workers and then taken to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, where he was placed on a respirator. The child was badly hurt in his upper body, and doctors operated on him.
The driver, a 21-year-old Yerushalayim resident, did not have a driver’s license. The vehicle was registered under a family member.
Police immediately began a search for the driver, and found the vehicle involved in the incident. The driver and a passenger turned themselves in several hours later. A third person who was in the vehicle is being sought, and police expect to arrest him in the coming days.
Police said that an initial investigation indicated that the driver hit the child as he crossed the street correctly. After hitting the child, the driver sped away, telling police that he had been “in shock” at what had happened. The driver was arrested and police plan to ask for an extension of his remand Motzoei Shabbos. The driver, who was unlicensed, had been arrested for a similar driving offense when he was 14.