Suspected drunk driver detained on Yom Kippur, death of 12-year-old boy, sent to house arrest


The driver who fatally ran over a 12-year-old boy on Yom Kippur, allegedly intoxicated and under the influence of drugs, was placed under house arrest by a court on Friday.

Eran Azoulay, 41, is accused of killing 12-year-old Barak Houry, a resident of Ramat Gan, who was cycling on Route 4 near the central town of Givat Shmu’el on Yom evening Yom Kippur, earlier this month.

After the accident, police detected more than twice Azoulay’s legal breath alcohol limit. He is also suspected of having used drugs before driving. According to reports, Azoulay has 41 previous convictions for driving offenses, including driving while intoxicated.

Police had asked the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court to extend Azoulay’s detention until the indictment was filed against him, but the court dismissed the request and decided to release him in custody. restrictive conditions.

Azoulay was required to post a bond of 10,000 NIS (approximately $ 3,000) and another third party guarantee for the same amount. In addition, he is prohibited from leaving the country and has been asked to surrender his passport.

The fatal accident happened on Yom Kippur when Israelis often fill the streets, taking advantage of generally deserted roads and highways.

Suspected drunk driver Eran Azoulay, accused of killing 12-year-old Barak Houry on Yom Kippur in September 2021 (Screenshot / Kan)

Houry was rushed to Beilinson Hospital near Petah Tikva in critical condition, where medics later pronounced him dead. Paramedics said in a statement the boy was wearing a helmet and protective gear when he was hit.

Houry, described by those who knew him as an immensely talented boy, was due to celebrate his bar mitzvah in about a month.

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Azoulay maintained during questioning that Houry appeared out of nowhere and that he could not prevent the crash.

However, eyewitnesses at the scene said the driver was driving recklessly at high speed, despite the streets being filled with people on bicycles, many of them children.

Neta Shafir, also 12, said she had met Houry moments earlier while riding a bicycle and witnessed the fatal crash.

“Suddenly a car came at breakneck speed. He didn’t try to move to the side, didn’t try to brake. I just traveled to us. I screamed in horror and ran to the side [of the road]. I hoped the boy was running away too. But after a split second, I heard the horrible crash boom, ”she wrote in a Facebook post.

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