Coventry crash: First picture of brothers Casper and Corey Platt-May, aged two and six, killed in 'hit-and-run'

Sophia Sleigh

These are the brothers killed by a suspected drink driver as they crossed the road on their way to a park.

Casper Platt-May, two, and his brother Corey, six, were walking with their mother Louise when they were hit by a car in Coventry on Thursday afternoon.

A man aged 53 and a woman, 41, are being held on suspicion of drink driving and causing death by dangerous driving.

Their aunt Tia Fletcher, 22, said there were no vehicles in sight when they stepped out into the road at 2pm yesterday.

She said: “This black car came speeding round the corner and it just didn’t stop, it never seemed to slow down.

Reese Platt-May, the father of brothers Corey and Casper, hugs his sister Tia Fletcher close to the scene where the boys, aged six and two, were killed in a hit-and-run collision in Coventry (PA)

She broke down in tears as she visited the scene with Corey and Casper's father Reese Platt-May on Friday morning.

Their grandfather Kim May said: “They were just very happy, jolly, lovely boys and their lives have been taken away so young, it’s unbelievable.”

He described the aftermath of the incident as “like a warzone”,

Paying further tribute to his grandsons, Mr May said: "The boys were the heart and soul, the boys were lovely, they'd do anything.

"Corey was a very, very gifted footballer at a young age. Casper, he was like any two-year-old - he was just lovely.

"Corey, he loved his football, he played football every Saturday."

Floral tributes are left near the scene (Getty Images)

A black Ford Focus was found abandoned following the incident in MacDonald Road in the Stoke area of Coventry.

Casper could not be revived and died a short time later, while Corey was rushed into surgery, but also died. Their mother was unhurt.

The boy’s mother, a care worker, and their father Reece, a lorry driver, were said to be “devastated” and being looked after by family.

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from West Midland Police's collision investigation unit, said: "Several witnesses have come forward and I am grateful to everyone who has spoken to us.

"Specialist family liaison officers are with the family, who are understandably distraught, and they are being kept fully updated.

"This collision has had a profound effect on the community in Stoke and I would ask people not to speculate on what happened which may cause further distress to the family. They need our combined support to help them through this dreadful time."

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