JERUSALEM (VINnews) — In a head-on collision which occurred Wednesday evening on Road 60, the main road which traverses Judea and Samaria, a 6-year-old boy was killed and four other family members were injured at varying degrees.
The accident occurred after a Palestinian woman crossed a dividing line during a dangerous overtake and crashed into the car driven by the Cinnamon family from the village of Shvut Rachel. 6-year-old Matan was critically injured and died later in hospital, while his siblings were also injured.
Matan Cinnamon with siblings and parents
The accident occured near Maale Levona. The mother, who was driving the car, described the accident from her hospital bed: “We were travelling on road 60 to a family event in Ariel. Suddenly an Arab car raced towards me from the opposite lane. I slowed down but the Palestinian car kept at speed. I realized that he would go into me head-on but I couldn’t succeed in stopping. The crash was at great speed. I lost Matan to Palestinian terror on the roads.”
Binyamin Regional Council head Yisrael Gantz said that “a great mourning has befallen us. Matan was taken from us suddenly. We embrace his family and the Shvut Rachel community at this difficult juncture. This is a terrible accident perpetrated by Arab criminals who drive wildly on the roads while Israel does not enforce driving regulations in the region.”
Gantz and other residents will hold a demonstration Thursday, calling for sharper enforcement and improvement of road infrastructure in the region.
Magen David Adom medics who arrived at the scene described a “very severe accident, with two crushed cars. In one of them 5 family members were travelling, a 6-year-old boy had multisystem trauma and was unconscious and pulseless, we gave him treatment and transferred him to hospital while implementing resuscitation procedures.
“The other people were conscious, a 12-year-old girl was in serious condition, a 32-year-old woman and 10-year-old boy in moderate condition and a baby in a babychair was lightly injured. The injured persons were transferred to hospital. In the other car a man and woman who were moderately injured were transferred by the Red Crescent to a hospital in Shechem.”