UK charges man with killing 2 Israelis, injuring 3 others in hit-and-run

Suspect charged with numerous offenses for crash in Ramsgate that left Yoram Hirschfeld and his daughter Noga dead, including driving under influence of drugs, fleeing the scene

Noga Hirschfeld, 40, and her father Prof. Yoram Hirschfeld, 78, in undated photos (Courtesy)
Noga Hirschfeld, 40, and her father Prof. Yoram Hirschfeld, 78, in undated photos (Courtesy)

British authorities have charged a man with killing two Israelis and injuring three others in a hit-and-run incident, local police announced Saturday.

Kent Police said Nitesh Bissendary was arrested shortly after Wednesday’s crash in the southeastern seaside resort town of Ramsgate, in which Prof. Yoram Hirschfeld, 78, and his daughter Noga Hirschfeld, 40, were killed. The latter’s 6-year-old daughter suffered serious injuries while her husband and 8-year-old son were lightly hurt.

The family was standing outside a parking lot when they were struck by a black Alfa Romeo driven by Bissendary, who according to a police statement is being charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He is also being charged with failing to stop at the scene of a crash, driving while under the influence of drugs and failing to provide a sample for analysis.

Bissendary is due to appear in court on Saturday and has been remanded into custody.

Police said other people were also arrested over the incident: a 58-year-old man and a 55-year-old woman. The two, who have been freed on bail, are suspected of assisting the suspect and of possession with intent to supply class A drugs, which in the United Kingdom includes narcotics such as heroin, cocaine and hallucinogens like LSD, among others.

Following Wednesday’s deadly crash, the Foreign Ministry said it was in touch with the Hirschfelds’ relatives in Israel and that the embassy in London was assisting the family members in England “as much as possible.”

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