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Friday, 23 February 2018

'They were just very happy, go-jolly boys': Heartbroken father hugs sister at scene where his two sons aged two and six were killed in front of their mother by 'drunk hit-and-run driver'


  • Car hit two boys aged two and six as they crossed a road with their mother
  • Aunt who saw the crash say car 'came out of nowhere' and smashed into them
  • The boys' father and grandfather both visited the crash scene this morning 
  • Locals claim those in the car fled the scene but were tracked down by police
  • Man, 53, and woman, 41, are held on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drink-driving


  • The devastated grandfather of two boys who were killed when they were hit by a suspected drink-driver said the youngsters were his family's 'heart and soul'.
    Two-year-old Casper Platt-May and his brother Corey, six, were out on a half-term trip to the park with their mother, Louise, and their aunts and cousins when the tragedy unfolded.
    The group were crossing a residential street in Coventry when a hatchback allegedly ploughed into them, smashing a pushchair the younger boy was sitting in to pieces.
    The boys' father, Reece Platt-May, their aunt Tia Fletcher and their grandfather Kim May wept as they visited the scene of the crash this morning. 
    Describing the horrific incident, Ms Fletcher said: '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 was saw was this black car come speeding round the corner and it just didn't stop, never seemed to slow down. All 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.'  
    Casper and Corey Platt-May died after they were knocked down by a suspected drink-driver
    Casper and Corey Platt-May died after they were knocked down by a suspected drink-driver

    The boy's heartbroken father Reese Platt-May , aunt Tia Fletcher (pictured with Mr Platt-May) and grandfather, Kim May visited the crash scene this morningMr May said the boys were his 'heart and soul' and their lives had been 'taken away so young'

    The boy's heartbroken father Reese Platt-May (left), aunt Tia Fletcher (pictured with Mr Platt-May) and grandfather, Kim May (right) visited the crash scene this morning
    Mr May, pictured with the boy's aunt Tia Fletcher (left), said the children were his 'heart and soul' and their lives had been 'taken away so young'.
    Mr May, pictured with the boy's aunt Tia Fletcher (left), said the children were his 'heart and soul' and their lives had been 'taken away so young'.
    The two boys, aged four and six, are pictured with their parents Reece and Louise Platt-May
    The two boys, aged four and six, are pictured with their parents Reece and Louise Platt-May


    Describing the aftermath of the crash, Ms Fletcher, 22, added: '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 had already gone but Corey had a slight one so they rushed him straight to Birmingham Children hospital. He just didn't make it.' 
    She said of the boys' parents: '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 that he was talking to his younger brother this morning about the black car that took Corey and Casper away. It heartbreaking they had to witness something so terrible.'
    Visiting the scene of the crash today, the boy's grandfather, Kim May, said: 'The boys were my heart and soul, they were happy, lovely, jolly boys, they'd do anything, they were just very happy.
    'Their lives have been taken away so young, I don't know what to say, it's crazy.
    Mr May laid a football and a card at the crash site today, which read: 'Rest in peace guys, Grandad misses you so much, he will always love you xxx'  
    The boys' parents, Reece and Louise, are being comforted by family. The boys' grandfather said: 'Words can't describe how heartbroken we are'

    The older of the two boys killed is CoreyHe was out with his mother, brothers and cousins when the crash happened when they crossed a road to get to the park

    The older of the two boys killed is Corey (left and right). He was out with his mother, brothers and cousins when the crash happened when they crossed a road to get to the park
    This heartbreaking tribute was left at the scene of the crash by the boys' grandfather
    A Ford Focus (pictured last night) was found abandoned near the scene of the Coventry crash
    A Ford Focus (pictured last night) was found abandoned near the scene of the Coventry crash
    The remains of a pushchair were seen in the street after yesterday's crash killed two brothers
    The remains of a pushchair were seen in the street after yesterday's crash killed two brothers
    Mr May said: 'Corey was very gifted footballer at a young age. He was a big football fan, and loved Man United.
    'He loved his football and played it every Saturday. Casper was like any two-year-old.' 
    He added: 'I got a call at work and came straight here.I couldn't believe what I saw, the whole street was just obliterated.
    'I saw the aftermath, it looked like a bomb had exploded here.' 
    He called for more to be done to monitor and slow drivers on the road. 
    A 15-year-old Ford Focus was found abandoned with its windscreen smashed and airbags deployed a short distance from the scene of the collision following the 2pm collision. Locals said the area had been blighted by speeding drivers.
    Last night police were holding a 53-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drink-driving.
    The boys' aunt Tia Fletcher left flowers with this tribute near to where the crash happened
    The deaths of the two boys has left the local community shocked. Residents said they have voiced concerns over speeding on the road
    The deaths of the two boys has left the local community shocked. Residents said they have voiced concerns over speeding on the road

    Neighbours leave floral tributes at the scene of the shocking crash this morningNeighbours leave floral tributes at the scene of the shocking crash this morning

    Neighbours leave floral tributes at the scene of the shocking crash this morning
    One teddy left at the scene has a card saying: 'RIP beautiful boys... sleep tight'
    One teddy left at the scene has a card saying: 'RIP beautiful boys... sleep tight'
    The incident left witnesses weeping in the street and the boys' shoes and belongings scattered across the road.  
    One woman who saw a couple being bundled into a police car in the aftermath of the tragedy described them as looking drunk, adding that the woman was 'off her face'.

    Another local resident who helped police search for two suspects allegedly seen fleeing from the Focus, said officers found the pair hiding in fenced-off open ground nearby.
    He added: 'The man was trying to fight with the officers and get away. The woman was really loud and seemed drunk.'
    A tribute left at the scene reads: 'Rest in peace guys. Grandad misses you so much, he will always love you xxx.'
    Another says: 'My beautiful nephews. Taken way too young... Never ever forgotten.'
    The incident happened as local children enjoyed the half-term school break. 

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