Pictures have emerged of the two young brothers, who were killed by a suspected drink-driver, in scenes described as ‘a war zone’.
Two-year-old Casper Platt-May and brother, six-year-old Corey, were crossing a street in Coventry on their way to a park with their mother, aunts and cousins when a black hatchback allegedly drove into them.
Aunt Tia Fletcher revealed Casper was sat in a mini cooper toy car at the time of the tragedy.
She said, as reported by the Mail Online:
We were crossing the road and had checked both ways, there wasn’t a car in sight so we step out into the road.
Next thing we saw was this black car come speeding round the corner and it just didn’t stop, never seemed to slow down. It all happened so quickly, it’s just a blur.
The car hit the two boys. Casper was sat in his mini cooper toy car and it just smashed it to pieces. It was like a war zone.
The children were in complete panic and screaming and crying. Neighbours came running out and everyone was stopping and trying to help. They were doing CPR on Casper and Corey was in the recovery position.
Casper had no pulse and he’d already gone, but Corey had a slight one so they rushed him straight to Birmingham Children’s Hospital. He just didn’t make it.
Speaking about the boys parents, Tia said:
Louise and Reece are just trying to process whats happened. I spoke to them this morning and they are heartbroken.
All the children saw it happen and the eldest brother, Connor, is old enough to understand it all. He just keeps crying.
My eldest boy said he was talking to his younger brother this morning about the black car that took Corey and Casper away.
It’s heartbreaking they had to witness something so terrible.
Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from West Midland Police’s collision investigation unit, said:
We are still trying to establish how this tragic incident has happened and anyone who hasn’t yet spoken to an officer should call us on 101.
This is a parent’s worst nightmare and it’s impossible to imagine their grief, but specialist officers will be supporting them as our investigation continues.
West Midlands Ambulance Service said crews arrived to find two pedestrians – both young boys – who’d been severely injured following the collision:
It quickly became apparent they’d both suffered life-threatening injuries in the incident and following emergency trauma care at the scene by our staff, they were both quickly transported to hospital on blue lights.
Our thoughts are with the family at this terrible time.