Tragedy as dad of brothers killed in Coventry hit-and-run found dead in hotel – what we know so far

Heartbroken father of two boys aged six and two who were killed by disqualified hit-and-run driver high on cocaine is found dead in Corfu hotel room – just weeks after killer was jailed for just nine years

-Two boys were out with their mother when they were killed in a hit and run

-Their parents told of their pain in moving statement to court last month

-Three weeks after driver was jailed, the boys’ father has been found dead

-Police say his death is not being treated as suspicious. A coroner is investigating

The father of two boys killed in a hit and run has been found dead in a hotel room in Corfu just weeks after the disqualified driver was jailed for nine years.

The body of Reece Platt-May, father of little Corey and Casper, was discovered at the building in Corfu, Greece, in the early hours of today.

Police say his death – which comes just three months after his boys were killed as they crossed the road – is not being treated as suspicious.

Corey, six, and his two-year-old sibling Casper died when they were hit by a car in Stoke, Coventry, in February, Coventry Live reports.

Driver Robert Brown was jailed for nine years at a court last month after pleading guilty to causing the boys’ deaths by dangerous driving.

He was also handed a 15-year driving ban after admitting killing the youngsters as they crossed the road with their mother and brothers.

His passenger, Gwendoline Harrison, 42, was jailed for six months for assaulting a witness who tried to stop him, as the pair tried to flee the scene. She was also been disqualified from driving for 27 months.

Today, West Midlands Police confirmed Corey and Casper’s dad had been found dead in a hotel room abroad in the early hours of this morning.

A spokesman for the force said: “Mr Platt-May was found dead in a hotel room in Corfu, Greece during the early hours of Thursday, May 17.

“His death is not being treated as suspicious.

“His family has been notified and the matter will be passed to the coroner.”

He added: “Our condolences go to the family who have asked for the media to respect their privacy at this difficult time.”

Brown ploughed through Corey and Casper at double the speed limit in what police described as a “callous” act on February 22.

He and Harrison tried to escape the scene, but officers said the “awesome” reaction of the public helped them detain the duo.

Douglas Marshall, Senior Crown Prosecutor with West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service previously said: “This was a most appalling and tragic case that resulted in the deaths of two young brothers.

“Fully aware that he held no valid driving licence or car insurance, the defendant drove a vehicle in a built up residential area whilst under the influence of cocaine and at double the 30mph speed limit.

“As he drove at speed along Longfellow Road, a family were crossing the road and heading to the park to enjoy their half-term school break. Casper Platt-May was in his push-along car and his elder brother Corey was next to him.

“Brown’s Ford Focus collided with the brothers in the middle of the road and then failed to stop. He continued with his journey in his damaged car which he later abandoned. Robert Brown and Gwendoline Harrison have shown no remorse for their actions.”

In a victim impact statement heard in court last month, the boys’ mum Louise said she was on a “rollercoaster of hurt and can’t get off”.

In the statement, read out by dad Reece, she also described how she heard her eldest son Connor screaming at night after he witnessed the crash.

She added: “I feel so guilty if my sons make me laugh or smile, like it’s wrong to be happy again.”

Police said the defendants’ guilty pleas were a result of the overwhelming evidence against them.

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes of the West Midlands Police Collision Investigation Unit said: “It was 2pm in the afternoon and there was a young family making their way to the park.

“It was a 30mph speed limit and their intention was to cross the road like everyone else does and unfortunately, as they’re crossing the road, our driver has chosen to drive at speeds… not less than 61mph in that 30mph zone.”

He went on: “He has, I can only use the word, ploughed through the group, did not stop at the immediate scene… and then chose to run away, leaving Corey and Casper lying in the road.”

Speaking of how members of the public stopped Brown and Harrison from escaping, DS Hughes said: “It was an awesome reaction. It’s thanks to those members of the public that we have had such a quick investigation.

“You can imagine the shock from what they have just witnessed… but they didn’t just stop and stare – they helped with Corey and Casper and went after, tracked and helped us detain the two persons at the car.”

He added: “I genuinely don’t know (what Brown was thinking).

“The only person that knows is him.

“He knew he wasn’t supposed to be driving. He knew he wasn’t supposed to be driving at that sort of speed – especially on that type of road.

“It’s a callous act of an individual.”

The court heard that both defendants tested positive for cocaine at a police station and were four times the legal drug-drive limit.

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