A six-year-old Israeli child was killed and six other people, including four family members, were wounded in a crash Wednesday on Route 60 near the West Bank city of Ariel,
The child, identified as Matan Zinman, was in his family’s car with his mother and three of his siblings during a head-on collision with a Palestinian vehicle with two occupants. The mother, who was driving, said the Palestina car swerved into her lane.
Magen David Adom paramedics found Matan Zinman unconscious at the site and evacuated him in a critical condition to the Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus in Jerusalem. Despite resuscitation efforts he was pronounced dead at the hospital.
He was set to enter first grade in the fall.
The rest of the car’s passengers, including the child’s 12-year-old sister, 10-year-old brother and his mother, were evacuated to Jerusalem hospitals. His sister was in a serious condition, while his mother and brother were in moderate condition. The remaining passenger — the family’s six-month-old son — was lightly injured and received medical treatment at the scene.
“My heart is with the Zinman family this morning,” Prime Minister Yair Lapid tweeted Thursday. “Sending condolences from the bottom of my heart and best wishes for a speedy recovery to his family and friends.”
The driver and passenger in the Palestinian car, were moderately hurt and were treated by MDA paramedics at the site before being evacuated to a Nablus-area hospital by workers from the Palestine Red Crescent Society.
Rivkah Zinman, Matan’s mother, said that they were driving to Ariel for a family event. She described a Palestinian vehicle that swerved from the opposite lane. “I slowed down, but the Palestinian vehicle sped up. I realized that it was going to hit me head-on and I was unable to stop. The collision was at enormous speed,” she said.
The family, residents of the West Bank settlement of Shvut Rachel, were receiving support from the Binyamin Regional Council.
“A heavy grief has befallen us. Little Matan was snatched away from us,” regional council head Israel Gantz said.