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A driver who fled after killing a pregnant Cambridge scientist and her Professor father returned to his car to retrieve his cocaine while the woman was trapped underneath, a court heard.
Nitesh Bissendary, 30, was under the influence of the Class A drug when he lost control of his Alfa Romeo and veered into a family of five, a court heard.
The crash, on Leopold Street in Ramsgate, Kent, left mother-of-two Noga Sella, 37, and her 81-year-old father Yoram Hirshfeld who was visiting from Israel, dead.
Mrs Sella's husband Omer, 40, suffered a lacerated spleen and their five-year-old daughter had a life-threatening head injury.
Nitesh Bissendary (pictured), 30, of Manston, Kent, killed Yoram Hirshfield, 81, and Noga Sella, 37, when he hit them with his black Alfa Romeo as they walked back to their hotel at around 9.35pm on August 10 this year, prosecutors allege
Cambridge physicist Noga Sella (left), 37, and Israel-based professor Yoram Hirshfeld (right), 81, both died when they were hit by a black Alfa Romeo in Ramsgate, Kent around 9.35pm on August 10
The couple's eight-year-old son also suffered shock and minor injuries.
Prosecutor Nina Ellin said that Bissendary had returned to the car to remove evidence of cocaine and had been driven there by his parents.
Eyewitnesses described hearing 'crunching noises and screaming' outside a multi-story carpark at about 9.30pm on August 10, as the family - who were visiting from Cambridge - returned to their hotel after a meal.
Emergency services discovered Mrs Sella's body underneath the abandoned car. She was pronounced dead at the scene, having suffered multiple injuries and features of 'traumatic asphyxia'.
Mr Hirshfeld suffered a cardiac arrest inside an ambulance and was pronounced dead at 11.40pm.
Bissendary, from Manston, Kent, has previously pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by careless driving but denies more serious charges of causing death by dangerous driving.
Mrs Sella's husband Omer (pictured together) sustained serious injuries as they were struck by the car as they walked back to their hotel in the seaside town. Two children were also hurt in the collision