Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Police Probe Whether Death-Crash Blues Starlet Was Racing Pal ; Brother and Sister Killed in Horror Smash Relatives Rush from Temple to Scene

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Police Probe Whether Death-Crash Blues Starlet Was Racing Pal ; Brother and Sister Killed in Horror Smash Relatives Rush from Temple to Scene

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DETECTIVES are investigating whether a Manchester City starlet was racing a friend in his car moments before a horror crash that killed a brother and sister.

Courtney Meppen-Walter, 18, who has also played for England under- 17s, was in custody last night following the devastating smash which killed Ravel-Kaur Singh, 37, and her 32-year-old brother Kulwant Singh.

Ravel's son Harveen Singh, 17, is also fighting for his life following the crash on Bury New Road, close to Manchester city centre.

His younger brother Ajmeet, 16, is in a stable condition at Salford Royal Hospital.

The family, who are Sikhs, were returning home from a festival at the Gurdwara Sri Guru HarKrishan Sahib temple on Sherborne Street, near Strangeways, when their red Nissan Micra was hit by a silver Mercedes driven by the footballer. Police arrested Mr Meppen-Walter and James Conroy, the 19-year-old driver of a grey Volkswagen Golf, at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

The M.E.N. can reveal: . Officers are investigating whether the pair, who are thought to be friends, were racing each other when the crash happened;. Witnesses said the impact catapulted the Nissan Micra 50 yards down the road;. Kulwant Singh's wife and two children, aged one and three, were at the temple when the smash happened;. Mr Singh was driving his sister home before returning for his own family;. Witnesses said Mr Meppen-Walter got out of his car shouting 'it wasn't me'.

The crash happened at 10.15pm on Saturday.

Fire crews and paramedics were called to the scene but Mrs Singh, from Cheetham Hill, and Mr Singh, from Salford, could not be saved after suffering head injuries. Both boys were taken to Salford Royal Hospital after being cut free from the mangled wreckage.

An eyewitness, who asked not to be named, told how he ran from the temple to the scene after hearing of the crash.

He said: "The driver of the Mercedes was standing in the middle of the road shouting 'it wasn't me, it wasn't me'.

"Everyone ran from the temple - there were probably about 200 people in there. Mr Singh was taking his sister home after the festival and then coming back for his wife and kids. …

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