2 motorcyclists killed overnight in separate crashes
A pair of motorcyclists died early Friday in separate crashes which also moderately injured a baby.
On Route 65 near Iron Junction, a car and a motorcycle collided, resulting in the death of the motorcyclist. The man is believed to be 40, but there were no other immediate details about his identity.
The baby, aged several weeks, sustained head injuries while two others suffered minor injuries.
The three men were taken to a hospital in nearby Hadera after receiving initial medical treatment at the scene.
In Tel Aviv, a 24-year-old was killed after he lost control of his motorbike while driving down HaYarkon street by the sea.
A Magen David Adom Ambulance Service paramedic said the man was found lying on the road without a pulse. He was pronounced dead after medics were unable to resuscitate him.
According to figures from the National Road Safety Authority, at least 249 people have been killed in road accidents since the start of 2022, far exceeding the 259 deaths recorded throughout last year.
Prime Minister Yair Lapid, whose sister Michal was killed in a traffic accident in 1984, said Sunday that Israel needed to improve road safety.
Israel was ranked last in a recent European road safety report comparing countries in the region on their ability to reduce annual road deaths over the past decade.
According to the report, European countries succeeded on average in reducing road deaths by 31% between 2011 and 2021, while Israel only recorded a 4.7% drop during this period.
According to the Ynet news site, Israel has an average of six road deaths per billion kilometers driven, twice the European average.