Yesterday, after searching for 3 days, Israeli police arrested 35-year-old Shoshan Barbi in connection with a fatal hit and run accident which killed 3 women from the same family. The incident took place in the seaside town of Netanya, Friday, August 17.
The Times of Israel reported that an eyewitness said a vehicle driving at high speed collided with the women and "hurled their bodies to the sides of the road." They continued to say that paramedics could not resuscitate the 3 victims and announced them "dead from multiple injuries."
On August 20, Haaretz newspaper reported that following a three-day man hunt, "the convicted felon and known associate of reputed Netanya crime families has been arrested by police for allegedly killing three women in hit-and-run crash." To avoid being arrested, Barbi injured himself after jumping out of the second-floor window.
Initially, according to The Jerusalem Post , 26-year-old Yochai Glicksman, an employee of Barbi, handed himself in saying he was at the wheel of the Audi sedan owned by Barbi when the accident occurred.
Haaretz and Ynet both report that Glicksman changed his story later and his lawyer, Tammy Ullmann, stated that he had only admitted causing the accident after being asked to do so. His story was backed up by his wife who told reporters that her husband was asleep at home at the time.
Reports in Haaretz state the police said Barbi had been drinking alcohol in a club before the accident and a bottle of beer was found in his car after the hit and run.
Haaretz also states that Barbi has also served time in the past for drug-related offenses, and say that police state he has connections with the Abutbul and Shirazi crime families known to be involved in black-market loans and debt collecting.
This morning Ynet reported that Barbi announced during his court hearing that the police "knows I didn't do it."
The victims of the hit-and-run were Svetlana Yigudiyev, 56, and her daughter Shoshana Yigudiyev, 25, both from the southern city of Dimona, and her cousin Alexandra Rubinov, 67, from Netanya.