Car crashes into family-of-five walking on pavement with 2 killed and child injured

Two people have been killed and a child was seriously injured after a car smashed into five pedestrians last night.

The family, who were local to the area, were all walking together in Ramsgate at roughly 9.35pm when a black Alfa Romeo sped into them outside a multi-storey car park.

Sadly, a man in his 80s and a woman in her 30s were both declared dead last night, Kent Police said in a statement this morning.

A young girl of primary school age was rushed to a London hospital with serious injuries where she remains.

A schoolboy and a man in his 40s also suffered minor injuries in the smash.

Police confirmed the family was not from the Ramsgate area.

Witnesses said the family were on holiday from Israel as locals shared on social media that they could hear screams last night following the crash.

Yoram and Noga Hirschfield were named by the Jerusalem Post as the victims of last night’s crash.

A restaurant worker who was the first on the scene called the emergency services.

Anastasiya, 42, who didn’t want to give her second name, said: “It was a big crash. A car was driving down the road while people were waiting for the bus.

“I was there just after it happened and called the ambulance and the police and they came really quickly. They arrived around 10pm.

“The police have told us the family were from Israel.”

Anastasiya, who has lived in Ramsgate for five years, said she saw the fire brigade lifting the car off a woman before medics tried to resuscitate her with CPR.

She said: “The mum was under the car and the fire brigade used a forklift to get her out. They then did CPR on her but she had no chance of surviving.They tried but she was already dead.”

Anastasiya said the driver of the vehicle fled the scene after crashing.

She added: “It’s terrible, it’s horrible, the guy driving the car in the crash ran away, he must have been in shock.”

Police said they arrested a 30-year-old man at the scene 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.

A number of floral tributes have been left at the scene of the crash.

One card reads: “My heartiest condolences go out to the family and friends of this tragic accident on behalf of the people of Ramsgate.”

Another note adds: “We don’t know your names but we were with you all and praying for you when medics tried to save you.

“Our prayers are with you both and the rest of your family.”

Sue Biggington, 77, who has been a Ramsgate resident for the past six years said the event was devastating for the community.

She said: “It’s so desperately sad. Particularly for the family, just think of the children…what they must have seen, what they must have been through is absolutely devastating.”

A local florist dropped off another bouquet of flowers that were ordered for delivery today.

The note attached to the bouquet said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.”

Residents took to social media saying they could hear screams and sirens last night.

One wrote: “Omg I heard lots of screaming.”

Another added: “So sad, we heard it all happen and see from our hotel window.”

One eyewitness told KentOnline they saw three fire engines, five ambulances and “at least 15 police cars”.

They added: “There must have been about 50 emergency services people on the scene that we could see.”

South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay tweeted: “A dreadful tragedy #Ramsgate. My thoughts and prayers go to all affected.”

Mayor of Ramsgate Cllr Raushan Ara, who has a business nearby, said her heart goes out to the family.

Reacting to the tragedy, she said: “It’s so sad. I was frightened last night because there so many police cars and ambulances – and the fire engines were going up and down until 11pm.”

Cllr Ara is holding a vigil at the scene of the crash at 7pm today.

Enquiries into the incident are being carried out by officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit.

Police are keen to hear from any witnesses, local businesses with CCTV evidence or drivers with relevant dashcam footage.

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