Ramsgate mayor Raushan Ara and Ramsgate Town Council have arranged a vigil to pay respect to the victims of a fatal ‘hit and run’ collision in the town last night (August 11).
Two people died and a child was left seriously injured after a Black Alfa Romeo hit five pedestrians, all members of the same family,in Leopold Street at around 9.35pm.
Police said a man in his 80s and a woman in her 30s both sadly died a short time afterwards.
A girl of primary school age also suffered serious injuries and has been taken to a London hospital for treatment. A man in his 40s and a boy of primary school age sustained minor injuries.
The man and woman who died have been named by The Jerusalem Post as Noga Sella (maiden name Hirshfeld) and Yoram Hirshfeld. They are father and daughter. Yoram, who was in the UK to visit the family. They are reported by the Foreign Ministry as being aged 78 and 40.
According to The Jerusalem Post the Foreign Ministry has confirmed officials received details of the accident and consul head Sima Duvdevani is in contact with the victims’ families.
Noga was a Consultant Physicist living in Cambridge with husband Omer and children. Her father Yoram was resident in Israel.
The vigil is due to take place in Leopold Street at 7pm tonight (August 11).
Cllr Ara said: “My thoughts are with the friends and family of those who lost their lives and those injured in the tragic incident last night in Leopold Street, Ramsgate.
“On behalf of the people of Ramsgate I send our sincere condolences to the family who have lost a mother and grandfather. This is an extremely sad and tragic accident which has shocked the local community.
“I would like to thank the emergency services and police for their response. Please join me and other Ramsgate Town Councillors for a vigil at 7pm in Leopold Street.”
A 30-year-old man from Ramsgate was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and leaving the scene of a collision. He is also currently receiving hospital treatment for minor injuries.
Enquiries into the incident are being carried out by officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit who are keen to hear from any witnesses, local businesses with CCTV evidence or drivers with relevant dashcam footage.
Please call the appeal line on 01622 798538 quoting reference DS/DGC/090/22.