A Manston man has been found guilty of causing the deaths of a pregnant woman and her father when he hit a family of five with his car in Ramsgate,
Nitesh Bissendary, 30, of Highlands Glade, Manston killed Yoram Hirshfield, 81, and his daughter Noga Sella, 37, when he mounted the pavement and crashed into them in Leopold Street on the evening of Wednesday 10 August. Noga’s husband Omer suffered internal organ damage and their five-year-old daughter suffered serious head injury. Their son was also injured in the incident.
The family were returning to their hotel after a meal.
Noga was a Consultant Physicist living in Cambridge with Omer and their children. Her father Yoram lived in Israel and was in the UK to visit his family.
Bissendary faced two charges of causing death by dangerous driving, two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and assault occasioning actual bodily harm as well as failing to provide a sample, failing to stop, and driving while unfit through drugs.
He was found guilty of the two death by dangerous driving charges and two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving by a jury at Canterbury Crown Court today (December 7).
He previously pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, failing to provide a sample for analysis and possession with intent to supply cocaine and had admitted lesser charges of causing death by careless driving.
He is due to return to the court to be sentenced.