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Coventry city centre lit up in memory of young brothers killed by drug-driver

Casper (left) and his brother Corey Platt-May died in February 2018 Credit: Family handout

Coventry city centre will be lit up in memory of two young brothers who were killed by a speeding drug-driver exactly one year ago.

Corey and Casper Platt-May, aged six and two, were with their mother on the way to the park when they were hit and died on Longfellow Road on February 22, 2018.

Coventry City Council confirmed it will switch on red lights in the city centre around Broadgate and the Godiva statue to mark the anniversary.

The red lights will symbolise Corey's affection for his football team, Manchester United.

The family friend who organised the lights to be turned on said:

A year on since Corey and Casper lost their lives and their family’s lives are still torn apart and will never be the same again.

To show love and support Coventry City Centre will be lite up to remember the boys.

We will be lighting a candle at home on the evening of the boys anniversary and invited people to join in via social media to represent a wave of light at 6pm.

The main thing we need to remember is to be safe on our roads, if it’s 20 or 30 miles an hour then stick to the speed limit because it’s limited for a reason.

The safety of us all including our children! The safer our roads become then hopefully no other family have to suffer like this family has.

The heartache will never go away but the roads of Coventry can become safer if we all work together and drive safely.

– Family friend
  • Father dies in Greece
Reece Platt-May

Corey and Casper's father was found dead in a hotel in Greece, three months after his sons died.

Police said Reece Platt-May's death was not suspicious.

Mr Platt-May's funeral took place at Canley Crematorium.

His family asked for any donations to be made to the Air Ambulance.

  • Convicted killer dies in prison
Robert Brown Credit: Police

The drug-driver who was convicted of killing Corey and Casper died in prison on Christmas Day, 2018.

Robert Brown from Wyken in Warwickshire, had never had a driving licence and had already been banned from driving at the time of the crash.

He was travelling at more than twice the speed limit and had taken a cocktail of drugs when he mowed down the brothers.

He was jailed in April after admitting all charges against him, including two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, but had his sentence increased in July from nine years to 10 and a half years.

Brown, who fled the scene, had 30 previous convictions for driving offences and had only been released from prison six days before the crash after serving half of a six-month sentence for having an offensive weapon.

Brown's passenger at the time of the crash, Gwendoline Harrison, 42, also from Wyken, was jailed for six months after admitting assault intending to resist arrest and attempting to flee the scene.