A man has been charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, and drug-driving, over a hit-and-run incident in Kent that left two people dead and a child seriously injured, police said.
A black Alfa Romeo crashed into five pedestrians, all members of the same family, on Wednesday outside a multi-storey car park on Leopold Street in Ramsgate, Kent.
78-year-old Yoram Hirshfield, and his 40-year-old daughter, Noga Hirshfield, a Cambridge physicist, were both killed, and a young girl of primary school age was left with severe injuries and is currently in hospital in a serious but stable condition.
A boy of primary school age, as well as a man in his 40s, also suffered minor injuries in the incident.
30-year-old Nitesh Bissendary, of Highland Glade, Manston, Kent, has been 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.
The suspect was also charged with drug-driving, failing to provide a sample for analysis, and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.
Local residents held a vigil on Thursday evening on Leopold Street to pay tribute to the family, who were on holiday in Ramsgate at the time they were struck by the car.
Police also arrested a 55-year-old woman and a 58-year-old man on suspicion of assisting an offender and possession with intent to supply class A drugs. Both have been released on bail until 8 September.