Two children killed after their car was hit by a vehicle that was allegedly involved in a street race along a main road have been named.
West Midlands Police said that the victims were 10-year-old Sanjay and his younger brother 23-month-old Pawanveer Singh.
They were pronounced dead at the scene while their mother was taken to hospital with serious injuries..
They were in a BMW with their family when their car was hit by the driver of a blue Audi A3 which had been racing with a White Bentley GTC through Wolverhampton shortly before 9pm
The brothers suffered catastrophic injuries at a set of traffic lights when their car was hit on Birmingham New Road – a stretch known for illegal street races.
Several members of the public rushed to the scene and carried out CPR in the road in a bid to save the injured children.
Sources said the Audi driver fled the scene while the Bentley driver drove off, later returning to the scene.
Police confirmed a man, 31, from the Bentley was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
In a statement released by West Midlands Police, Sanjay and Pawanveer’s family said: ‘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.’
One man, whose flat overlooks the dual carriageway leading to the accident scene, said the BMW was hit shortly after his son spotted two cars apparently racing towards the junction.
The resident, who asked not to be named, said: ‘I didn’t see it but I heard it – two cars must have been racing. My son ran to the window and said “they are racing dad” and then we heard an almighty bang.
‘My missus ran down to see if she could help and all the police and ambulance workers were there. You could see the police officers stopping the traffic were really, really distressed.’
A local care worker, who also asked not to be named, said several crashes had occurred at the junction in the past 18 months because of motorists passing the lights on red. Another man, who saw the aftermath, heard a woman ‘screaming’.
Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes said: ‘This is an extremely tragic set of circumstances which has left a family totally devastated. Staff from our dedicated family liaison unit are now supporting them.
‘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 or recall seeing a blue Audi S3 and a white Bentley Continental convertible travelling along the Birmingham New Road to make contact.
‘The investigation is in its early stages and I would also ask the public to think about the family at this tragic time and not to speculate on the circumstances surrounding the collision.’