TWO brothers have died after a suspected hit-and-run in Coventry.
A two-year-old and his six-year-old brother were struck by a car on Longfellow Road, Stoke, at around 2pm yesterday (Thursday).
Both were taken to hospital, but the younger brother died a short while after, followed by his brother in the early evening.
Police say a black Ford Focus was found abandoned a short time after the crash.
Two people – a 53-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman – have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drink driving.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find two pedestrians, both young boys, who had been seriously injured following the collision with the car.
“It quickly became apparent they had 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.
“Unfortunately, shortly after arrival at hospital it became apparent nothing could be done to save one of the boys and he was confirmed deceased.
“The second boy was taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital and accompanied by the air ambulance crew who helped to administer specialist treatment en-route.”
West Midlands Police later revealed the older brother had died, despite best efforts to save him.
Detective sergeant Paul Hughes 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.”
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