Two brothers, one aged 23-months and the other 10-years-old, have died in a tragic ‘street race’ hit and run car crash as they travelled with their mother.
Sanjay Singh, ten, and his 23-month-old brother Pawanveer sadly died when their mother’s BMW was hit by a Bentley Continental convertible in Wolverhampton on Thursday evening.
The driver of the Bentley, believed to be a 31-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of killing the brothers and has since been released pending further investigation.
He allegedly told onlookers at the scene he was not responsible for the crash.
The driver of the second vehicle believed to be involved in the street race, a blue Audi S3, fled the scene before police arrived.
The mother of the children was also seriously injured in the collision and is still being treated in hospital.
Onlookers told of how she screamed ‘my babies, my babies’ in horror as paramedics tried to save her children.
The family of the brothers, from Dudley, said in a statement today: ‘Our family are grieving over the tragic deaths of our two beautiful children, as well as dealing with the shock of the horrific crash.
‘We appeal to the general public to come forward as witnesses in order help police find the perpetrator who fled from the scene and to bring him or her to justice.
‘At this time we would appreciate some privacy and space to grieve over our precious loss. Your co-operation in this would be very much appreciated.’
West Midlands Police Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes said: ‘Our thoughts remain with the family of Sanjay and Pawanveer Singh at this extremely difficult time.
‘We have already had a huge response from the public but would urge anyone who has not yet spoken to us to get in touch.
‘I would appeal directly to the driver of the Audi to make contact with us. You may not be fully aware of the full tragic circumstances but you now need to speak to us.
‘I would also ask the public who have any information regarding the driver or recall seeing a blue Audi S3 and a white Bentley Continental convertible travelling along the Birmingham New Road to make contact.’
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman added: ‘On arrival ambulance staff found a number of members of the public tending to those involved in the crash.
‘There were three patients who all came from the same car. Unfortunately, it soon became apparent that nothing could be done to save the two young boys who had been badly hurt and they were confirmed dead at the scene.
‘A woman who had been driving the car was assessed and treated at the scene by ambulance staff before being taken to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. Her injuries are not life threatening. There were no other patients.’
Anyone with information is urged to contact police via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight or call 101 anytime. Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111. Quote log number 2580 of March 14.