Sunday, September 18, 2011

Arrest Warrant Issued for 2 Frenchmen in Hit-and-Run Death of Israeli Woman

On Friday morning (September 16), Lee Zeitouni, 25, a Pilates instructor, was walking to her Tel Aviv gym to teach a class when she was struck by a BMW X6. Tragically, the driver of the BMW hit Zeitouni with such force that her body went airborne and fell into the path of another moving vehicle, killing her instantly. Zeiotuni was later identified at the scene by colleagues from her gym. Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene.

COMMENT: Police in Tel Aviv immediately put out a public alert asking for help in locating the damaged BMW. After several hours, a local resident notified police that a BMW with visible damage was in a parking lot on Maze street. The vehicle was later traced to a French tourist named Eric Rubic.

Police later determined that suspects Claude Issac, 40, and Eric Rubic, 38, drove through red lights in the city and parked the damaged BMW in the parking lot of a building at which they had been renting an apartment. They then immediately flew to Paris, not realizing that a Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court had issued an international fugitive warrant in their names on Saturday night (September 17). French police are now endeavoring to take the two men into custody.

Zeitouni was born and raised in northern Israel. She leaves behind her parents, two brothers, and a sister.

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