Two toddlers have died after a black BMW ploughed into their buggies as they waited to cross a busy road pushed by their fathers.
One-year-old Oliwier Baczyk was killed at the scene and two-year-old Zofia Tabaka died later after they were thrown into the air by the impact. The Polish youngsters were both in pushchairs waiting to cross a road junction in Leicester.
It is believed the BMW hit a Mini Cooper before mounting the kerb and hitting the youngsters but it is not yet clear what caused the crash. Two pedestrians, who were with the children at the time of the crash, are believed to their fathers. Both men, aged 29 and 28, suffered minor injuries.
A 40-year-old woman and a 61-year-old man were arrested in connection with the incident, which happened at the junction of Narborough Road and Braunstone Gate in Leicester at 9.52am yesterday. They have since been released on police bail pending further inquiries.
A spokesman for Leicestershire Police said the accident involved a dark BMW and a red Mini Cooper. Businessman Bob Young, whose CCTV cameras captured the crash, said: ‘They were waiting for the lights to change when the BMW hit the Mini and it careered off the road, mounted the kerb and crushed the kiddies.’
Builder Dave Marsh, 38, told yesterday how he tried to save the two children after witnessing the crash. He said: ‘We were working on the shop front and the window was out and we heard an almighty smash. We looked out and this BMW had gone into the pedestrian lights where people wait to cross.
‘We could hear this man screaming. I ran over and the first thing I saw was the baby boy on the floor. I shouted “somebody get an ambulance”.
Police appealed for information to try to find out the exact circumstances of what happened. Detective Sergeant Mark Watling, of the force’s serious collision investigation unit, said: ‘If anyone witnessed the incident or the events leading up to it and have not yet spoken to the police we would urge them to contact us.’