Tel Aviv attorney Avigdor “Dori” Klagsbald, previously described on this site as ‘Mr. 4X4′ pleaded guilty in Tel Aviv Magistrate Court to being responsible for the deaths of 23 year old Yevgenia Vexler and her six year old son Arthur. Agreeing to reduced charges of causing death by careless driving, Klagsbald agreed to charges of criminal negligence following the April 11 road accident on Namir Blvd in Tel Aviv. The accident, in which Klagsbald was driving over the speed limit in his Volkswagen Taureg 4X4, and talking on his cell phone as well, failed to notice Ms. Vexler and son who had stopped at a red traffic light. The resulting collision killed Vexler and son instantly while Klagsbald was able to walk away with only minor injuries.
Klagsbald, a very prominent attorney, tried to put together a legal defense in which a number of prominent people testified on his behalf concerning his reputation and character. The judges presiding over this case will meet on Tuesday to decide Klagsbald’s fate, which might be anything from extensive public service and a severe fine, to a substantial prison term. A number of persons demonstrated outside the court house including many who have also lost family members in similar incidents. One of these demonstrators, Netanya resident Zelda Harris, who heads a non-profit road safety organization called Metuna, commented that too many people are trying to intervene to enable Mr. Klagsbald to get off with a lighter sentence, due to the attorney’s prominent legal and social position. “This case has to be an example to prevent other such incidents from happening, as well as serve as a warning of what the end consequences will be for those who take human life – even by accident”, she said.
Defense attorneys speaking on behalf of Klagsbald have tried to paint the picture of a man now suffering from acute pain and remorse following this tragic event. They also want to show everyone the positive side of the man who many say has done much for his community as well as helped many persons who have been unjustly accused of various crimes. The Defense in this case fears that public condemnation has already ‘tried and convicted Klagsbald even before his trial began. They also have tried to point out that by his admission of guilt, “Mr. 4X4″ is very much aware of his legal and social responsibilities according to the law. While this may be so, the cold, clear facts remain that this man is responsible for the deaths of two human beings, whether intentionally or not. Many countries would consider this act nothing less than involuntary manslaughter, with punishment of imprisonment of up to ten years.
Judging from the large number of road accidents which occur in this country; many of them stemming from similar cases of ‘criminal negligence’, prison sentences are often levied out by a presiding judge. If Mr. Klagsbald is able to escape this type of punishment, other judgments should be considered in view of the severity of the offense. For certain, he should not be allowed to practice law for a considerable period of time – possibly even with total disbarment being considered. He should also not be allowed to drive a motor vehicle, no mater how “inconvenient” this might be to him. And along with these two judgments, he should be made to perform some type of public service that will make him even more acutely aware of the horrific consequences of traffic accidents. A good place for Klagsbald to perform acts of public service would be with the Zaaka Organization – that one in which it’s members go out to search for and remove parts of human beings in the aftermath of both traffic accidents and terror attacks. Being on the ‘front line’ following occurrences such as the one he was personally involved in will make him a “believer” regarding the tragic results of not properly obeying traffic laws.