Hundreds of family, friends and acquaintances accompanied the bus driver on his last journey today (Friday) Asher Besson (76), a resident of Kiryat Yam, who was killed together with four members of the Ben Eli family in the horrific accident on Tuesday near Hurfish in the Galilee. Besson left behind a wife, Hannah, four children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The son Ido paid tribute to his father, and said that he fought as a paramedic in all the Israeli wars, from the six days until the Yom Kippur War. The son later said that during the Katyusha period in the north his father served as a firefighter and saved people.
“You were among the first to run to hell and save people, saving lives. So too on the road, for 50 years you were a devoted, annoyingly careful driver. That everyone knew who you were, you were a true hero.
“Thanks to you we knew every corner of the country, taking us on trips, we had an amazing childhood. Dad’s first memory, is a bus that Dad sits in, and then comes his big smile, a smile full of warmth. We say goodbye to you in a way we never thought it would happen. I hope we all “We will be strengthened, together with family and friends, all the people of Israel guarantee each other. Rest in peace, Father.”
At this point, not according to plan, one of the relatives began to speak in a voice choked with tears. The family members asked her not to talk about the accident, but she continued crying heartbreakingly: “They made him a killer and it is not appropriate. It is not his fault. For 50 years he drove carefully and took care of everyone. Yesterday witnesses came and said he did everything, it is not his fault.”
His wife, Hannah, said that on the day of the accident, he promised her to return home by eight o’clock in the evening: “At 20:00 in the evening a policeman knocked on the door and told me about the tragedy. I hope you feel good talking about you. Some people came, all in shock. We thought “That we will be together and enjoy together the time left with the children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, how I will continue from here, how. It is difficult without you.”
Four other people from one of the private vehicles were killed in the fatal accident. Among the dead were Moran Ben Eli (35), sons Dekel (15) and Liam (11) and daughter Anal (3). Last night, the mother and her children were brought for burial in the old cemetery in Maalot.
The Northern District Traffic Division of the police began investigating the circumstances of the accident a few hours after the disaster, an investigation that continued at the scene into the night, and is still ongoing. At the beginning of the week, the bus will be taken for inspection by examiners and laboratory personnel from the police and external institutions, in order to decipher the course of the journey and the events that preceded the heavy disaster.