Holidaymaker, 46, killed in Ayia Napa by beach buggy ‘driven by British man high on drugs’

This is the holidaymaker who was run over and killed on a zebra crossing in Ayia Napa by a beach buggy allegedly driven by a British man who was high on drugs.

Camilla Christina Pamdahl, 46, had left her five-year-old daughter at the kids club of the hotel where she was staying so she could visit a local supermarket.

But as she crossed the road at the resort of Ayia Napa she was hit by the black and red buggy, which was being driven by a man police believe was Manraj Singh Sidhu, 25, from Bedfordshire.

Camilla, who was from Gothenburg, Sweden, had arrived in Cyprus on April 29, with her daughter for a week’s holiday and was staying at the Sunwing Family resort, which is Swedish owned.

Camilla Christina Pamdahl, 46, (pictured) was run over and killed on a zebra crossing in Ayia Napa by a beach buggy allegedly driven by a British man who was high on drugs

Police believe Manraj Singh Sidhu, 25, from Bedfordshire, was high on drugs and struck a mother-of-one while he was driving a beach buggy

Police believe Manraj Singh Sidhu, 25, from Bedfordshire, was high on drugs and struck a mother-of-one while he was driving a beach buggy 

Images from the scene show the twisted remains of the buggy stood horizontally across the road next to the pedestrian crossing and another car

Images from the scene show the twisted remains of the buggy stood horizontally across the road next to the pedestrian crossing and another car

Paramedics raced to the scene and she was transferred to nearby Famagusta Hospital where she was declared dead.

Manager Louis Misseris told MailOnline: ‘It is very sad. I saw the accident as I arrived at the hotel and saw the road was blocked by the police.

‘I decided to go and check it wasn’t one of our guests because the zebra crossing is right outside the hotel and at first the police were not able to say.

‘Then after about an hour or so one of the staff from the kids club told us that a little girl hadn’t been picked up and it was then we realised the victim was one of our guests.

‘The police gave us the name and we checked and she was staying with us – she had arrived the Friday before and should have left a week later.

Restaurant owner Theodora Marinova, who was working at the time, said: 'I heard and saw everything. I took one of the table cloths from the restaurant to make her more comfortable and the doctor was holding her hand'

Restaurant owner Theodora Marinova, who was working at the time, said: ‘I heard and saw everything. I took one of the table cloths from the restaurant to make her more comfortable and the doctor was holding her hand’

He added: 'It's so terrible – she had been in here for dinner with her daughter a few days before.' Pictured: Camilla Christina Pamdahl with her husband Jonas

He added: ‘It’s so terrible – she had been in here for dinner with her daughter a few days before.’ Pictured: Camilla Christina Pamdahl with her husband Jonas

‘She had just taken the chance to go shopping and left her daughter at the club for a few minutes. It’s very sad. The father came the following day to pick her up and take her back to Sweden.

‘We informed the guests about what had happened and everyone was shocked, we are thinking about putting some flowers at the scene in the next few days.’

Restaurant owner Theodora Marinova, who was working at the time, said: ‘I heard and saw everything. I was getting ready for the evening service when I heard a huge bang.

‘I looked outside and saw the buggy and a car on the zebra crossing and so I ran to see if I could help, some of the people in the restaurant having dinner came as well.

‘I saw a woman on the floor and there were two guys in the buggy, one looked hurt and the driver shook him as if to wake him up and then they both jumped out and ran away.

‘One of them ran right past me and then the next thing a doctor from the hotel where the lady was staying came to help.

Police officers are seen at the scene of the crash in Ayia Napa on Wednesday night

Police officers are seen at the scene of the crash in Ayia Napa on Wednesday night

The Briton fled the scene on foot after the incident whilst Pamdahl, who was on holiday in Cyprus with her five-year-old daughter, was rushed Famagusta general hospital where she was declared dead on arrival

The Briton fled the scene on foot after the incident whilst Pamdahl, who was on holiday in Cyprus with her five-year-old daughter, was rushed Famagusta general hospital where she was declared dead on arrival

The scene of the crash shows the mangled beach buggy next to a car in Ayia Napa

The scene of the crash shows the mangled beach buggy next to a car in Ayia Napa

‘I took one of the table cloths from the restaurant to make her more comfortable and the doctor was holding her hand.

‘The ambulance was here very quickly and they took her to hospital but I heard she didn’t make it. It’s so terrible – she had been in here for dinner with her daughter a few days before.’

Sidhu appeared in court yesterday in nearby Paralimni accused of causing death by dangerous driving and being under the influence of drugs.

Sidhu, of Shefford, Bedfordshire, was remanded in custody until next week, as his parents sat at the back of the court after having flown in to support him.

The 25-year-old man allegedly hit Camilla Christina Pamdahl, 46, on a pedestrian crossing as he overtook a car whilst drunk and under the influence of cannabis in the Mediterranean resort town on May 4 night, police said. Pictured: The scene

The 25-year-old man allegedly hit Camilla Christina Pamdahl, 46, on a pedestrian crossing as he overtook a car whilst drunk and under the influence of cannabis in the Mediterranean resort town on May 4 night, police said. Pictured: The scene

The British tourist quickly abandoned his vehicle and left a passenger inside but he was tracked down by police within hours and arrested at 11.30pm local time, cops say. Pictured: Ayia Napa's Nissi Avenue

The British tourist quickly abandoned his vehicle and left a passenger inside but he was tracked down by police within hours and arrested at 11.30pm local time, cops say. Pictured: Ayia Napa’s Nissi Avenue

The rental buggy had overtaken a stopped car last week before fatally hitting Pamdahl on a pedestrian crossing on Ayia Napa's Nissi Avenue

The rental buggy had overtaken a stopped car last week before fatally hitting Pamdahl on a pedestrian crossing on Ayia Napa’s Nissi Avenue

Police say he tested positive for cannabis and he has also been charged with several other driving offences including having no insurance and fleeing the scene of an accident.

Another witness, who asked not to be named, said: ‘There were definitely two people in the buggy and they both ran away after the accident but then one came back.

‘It wasn’t the driver, it was the passenger and then the guy who rents the sand buggies also arrived and was here when the police arrived.’

Police later found Sidhu after issuing his photograph and asking for help in locating him and he was found around 11.30pm almost five hours after the incident.

A Cyprus police source told MailOnline: ‘We have spoken to the passenger and he has given us a statement. At the moment he is not facing any action but the investigation is continuing.’

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