The mother of two little boys who died after a hit-and-run crash in Coventry, has paid tribute to her ‘amazing and caring’ sons.
Louise Platt-May was walking to the park with family when Casper, 2, and his older sibling Corey, 6, were struck by a car at around 2pm on Thursday.
The toddler died at the scene and his brother later succumb to his injuries in hospital.
Speaking out after the tragedy, Mrs Platt-May described for youngest two sons as ‘amazing’ and ‘cheeky’ boys who will ‘be deeply missed’.
She said: ‘Corey was an amazing boy. He never kept still, always had to be doing something and coming up with new ideas of things to do.
‘He loved school more than any kid I know. His favourite subject was maths.
‘But his main passion in life was his football. He has been playing for a local team since he was four but since the day he could hold a ball he was never without one.
‘He will be deeply missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him.
‘Casper was a cheeky little boy, always getting into trouble and driving his brothers crazy.
‘But he was so loving and caring and constantly told his family how much he loved them.
‘He loved walking everywhere with his wellies and splashing in the puddles.
‘His smile could light up any room and he will be so so missed by all who knew him.’
The boys grandfather Kim May said that the boys had been walking to the park with their family when the car hit them.
He said: ‘It was just like a war zone out here. It looked like a bomb had just exploded, it was terrible.
‘It’s still going on, the speeding down this road, it’s ridiculous.
‘The boys were the heart and soul, the boys were lovely, they’d do anything.
‘They were just very happy, go-jolly, lovely boys and their lives have been taken away so young, it’s unbelievable.
‘I just don’t know what to say, it’s just crazy.
‘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.’
A black Ford Focus was found abandoned shortly after the incident.
A 53-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman were later arrested by police on suspicion of drink-driving and causing death by dangerous driving.
They were reportedly restrained by citizens at the scene until police arrived.
The road remained closed while emergency services investigated the scene.
A local resident, who preferred not to give her name, said the aftermath of the crash included a ‘smashed’ pushchair in the road alongside a child’s scooter.
‘The police had taped the road off and there was debris all over the road,’ she said.
‘I was advised not to go near as the kids were still on the road and I had my young girls. It was very sad to see and the fact they ran off and hid makes it a thousand times worse.
‘I just keep thinking if my hairdresser was not late it could have been me and my girls crossing that road.’
Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from the force’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.’
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.’