Cambridge physicist killed alongside father after car ploughs into five pedestrians

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Noga Hirshfeld died in the crash on Wednesday night
Noga Hirshfeld died in the crash on Wednesday night

A Cambridge physicist and her father were killed after a car ploughed into five pedestrians in Kent.

Noga Hirshfeld, 40, and Yoram Hirshfeld, 78, died after a black Alfa Romeo collided with a family outside a multi-storey car park in Ramsgate on Wednesday night.

Ms Hirshfield’s six-year-old daughter was taken to hospital with serious injuries, while her husband and eight-year-old son suffered minor injuries, according to Israeli media.

One witness claimed Ms Hirshfield had been trapped beneath the car and the memory of the horrific incident will “stay with him for life”.

The family, from Rosh Pina, in Israel, were on holiday in the UK when the tragic incident occurred.

Emergency services at the scene outside a multi-storey car park in Ramsgate - Peter Batt /PA
Emergency services at the scene outside a multi-storey car park in Ramsgate - Peter Batt /PA

A 30-year-old man from Ramsgate has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and leaving the scene of a collision, after the incident in Leopold Street at around 9.35pm.

He is receiving hospital treatment for minor injuries, police said.

A spokesman from the Israeli foreign ministry said: “This morning, the ministry of foreign affairs received a report about a serious car accident which occurred last night.

“In the accident, a father and daughter, residents of Rosh Pina, were killed, and the daughter’s partner and their two children were injured and taken to local hospitals to receive medical treatment.

“From the moment of receiving the news, the Department for Israelis Abroad in the MFA has been in constant contact with the family in Israel and is helping them during this difficult time.”

‘There was a big loud bang and crash’

Marc-Pierre Campos, 56, who owns Marc-Pierre’s Kitchen, a restaurant near the crash site in Ramsgate, Kent, said the fire brigade had to lift the vehicle of the woman who had been struck.

People leave flowers at the scene - UkNewsinPictures
People leave flowers at the scene - UkNewsinPictures

He said: “There was a big loud bang and a crash and then customers and my staff went rushing down and started shouting for someone to call the emergency services.

“I called them and they asked which service do you need and I said we need all three.

“A fire brigade was needed to pull the car off the woman. And it was clear the police needed to be involved too.”

Mr Campos said he held the arm of the primary school-aged girl, who was seriously injured in the smash, while paramedics attended to her.

Police have appealed for any witnesses, local businesses with CCTV or drivers with relevant dashcam footage to contact them.

Craig Mackinlay, MP for South Thanet, described the incident as “a dreadful tragedy” and sent his “thoughts and prayers” to the family affected.