A man has been charged after an incident in Kent that left two dead and a child seriously injured.
Yoram Hirshfeld, 78, and his daughter Noga Hirshfeld, 40, a Cambridge physicist, died on Wednesday.
A black Alfa Romeo was involved in the collision with five pedestrians from the same family outside a multi-storey car park in Ramsgate.
A young girl has been seriously injured and is in serious but stable condition in a London hospital. A man in his 40s and a boy were slightly injured in the accident.
Nitesh Bissendary, of Highlands Glade in Kent, has now been charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, two counts of serious dangerous driving injuries and causing bodily harm.
The 30-year-old is also accused of not stopping at the scene of the accident, driving drugs and not providing a sample for analysis.
He will appear before Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.
Guests at a nearby restaurant had helped raise the alarm and tend to the injured after the collision at 9.35pm on Wednesday.
Marc-Pierre Campos, 56, who runs a restaurant near the crash site, told the Independent: “There was a big loud bang and there was a crash and then customers and my staff came rushing down and started yelling for someone to do it emergency calls services. The fire department had to salvage the car from the woman.”
Mr Campos added that the memories of the incident “will stay with me for the rest of my life”.
A vigil was held on Leopold Street on Thursday evening to commemorate the family who had holidayed in Ramsgate.
The city’s mayor, Raushan Ara, tweeted how the gathering demonstrated “how the people of Ramsgate stood together to show their support”.
Friends of Mr. Hirshfeld, a former mathematics professor at Tel Aviv University in Israel, have spoken of his kindness.
Honors were also paid to Mrs Hirshfeld, aka Noga Sella, who was a girls’ guide with 2nd Milton Guides and Milton Rangers in Cambridgeshire.
Officers investigating the incident also arrested a 58-year-old man and a 55-year-old woman on suspicion of assisting and possessing an offender with intent to supply Class A drugs, and both were held until April 8. Released on bail in September.
Kent Police said the inquiries would be carried out by officers from the Serious Collisions Investigation Unit.
Officials remain interested in hearing from witnesses, local businesses with CCTV evidence, or drivers with relevant dashcam footage.
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