Manchester City youngster in custody as police probe whether street race caused horror smash leaving two dead

By Dean Wilkins

A Manchester City footballer remains in police custody after two siblings died in a horrific car crash on Saturday evening.

Young defender Courtney Meppen-Walter, 18, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following the incident at around 10.15pm on Saturday on Bury New Road in Manchester.

A 19-year-old man was also arrested after Kulwant Singh, 32, and Ravel-Kaur Singh, 37, died when their Nissan Micra collided with a silver Mercedes – two backseat passengers, aged 16 and 17, remain in Hope Hospital.

Superintendent Neil Bhole said: “I want to extend my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of those who have sadly died. This is an absolute tragedy and our thoughts are with them as they try and come to terms with what has happened.

“Specially trained Family Liaison Officers are with the family and offering them as much support as they need throughout what is clearly going to be a very traumatic next few hours, days and months.”

Mr Singh was from Salford and his sister from Cheetham Hill, Manchester, and the 17-year-old boy suffered severe head injuries and is in critical condition.

Police are dismissing rumours that the City youngster and friend in a grey Volkswagen Golf were street racing as investigations continue and Meppen-Walter’s Mercedes is thought to be ‘low powered’.

Superintendent Bhole added: “Because we have made arrests, I do not want to be drawn on what has caused this collision and I would ask for people’s understanding that we cannot talk about speculation or rumour, not least because it would not be fair for the families of all those involved.

“I do however want to reassure people that we have launched a thorough investigation that will establish all the facts.”

Meppen-Walter joined the Blues’ youth team in July 2010, and has been a regular in the England under-17 side.

A spokesman for the Premier League champions said: “It is a devastating tragedy for this family and also for the Greater Manchester community at large.

“Manchester City Football Club offers its heartfelt condolences to the family and all affected by the events.”

Superintendent Bhole added: “I specifically want to appeal to anyone who has information about this collision to come forward. I would like to hear from anyone who either witnessed the collision itself, or who saw a silver Mercedes and a grey Volkswagen Golf being driven on Trinity Way or Great Ducie Street before the collision to come forward.”

Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision to call the Serious Collision Unit on 0161 856 4742.

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