Heartbroken dad of two young boys killed in hit-and-run horror found dead in Greece
The heartbroken dad of two young boys who were killed by a drunk and drugged up driver in a horrific hit-and-run crash has been found dead in Greece.
Reece Platt-May, 30, was discovered in a hotel in Corfu in the early hours of today and police are not treating his death as suspicious.
Less than a month ago the taxi driver had bravely stood in front of a court and declared "time will never heal this" as he watched the killer of his sons jailed.
His two children Corey, six, and two-year-old Casper died when Robert Brown, 53, ploughed into them as they crossed a main road in Coventry.
The youngsters had been on their way to the park with their mum Louise, 28, who witnessed the horror collision on February 22.
Brown was four times the legal drink drive limit and had taken cocaine when he struck the children travelling at more than 60mph in a 30mph zone.
When he was jailed for nine years last month - a sentence which was slammed by the family - Mr Platt-May had spoken of the couple's heartache in court.
He stood to read out the victim impact statement of Louise, which said: "I feel so guilty if my sons make me laugh of smile, like it's wrong to be happy again.
"My family is broken, my heart is broken and time will never heal this."
Outside court, the family also said in a statement: "To watch your children die in front of you is something no parent should have to experience.
"Our family should have had so many years ahead of us to create a life time of memories but these have all been snatched away because of Robert Brown.
"Those who rip families apart get off more lightly. Because of him we are living a life sentence knowing we will never see our boys grown up."
His mum Carolyn Platt, 53, who branded the sentence a "joke" has paid tribute to her son on social media, describing him as her "rock".
Posting a picture of herself and Reece on her Facebook page, she said: "Me and my rock."
Hours before the news broke, she wrote: "So down. Need a holiday."
Another friend, Gordon Coyle, wrote: "A great loss of a great man. Words can't say how sorry I am for all your losses."
In 2016, Mr Platt-May campaigned for greater road safety.
Writing on a Facebook post in support of granddad Brian Wall who was killed in Coventry by an "impa tient driver."
He wrote: "Have heard n (sic) read some people touting the old 'wrong place, wrong time', I saw bulls*t. I think hes taken a bullet, to stop other road users gettin hurt. hero brianwall."
In an earlier, post, in March 2015, he wrote: "Love watching a driver get infringements becus theyv tryed to take the p*ss."
In February 2015 he wrote: "Just drove past a very nice 2 door silver mercedes! One problem tho, it had flipped onto the drivers side door!! Obviously cudnt handle that corner in this snow, air bags were deployed n everyone was out of it safely."
A spokesman for West Midlands Police today confirmed Mr Platt-May was found deceased at a hotel on the Greek sunshine island.
He 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.
"Our condolences go to the family who have asked for the media to respect their privacy at this difficult time."
Jobless Brown - who has over 207 convictions - pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving but could be released from prison in four-and-a-half years time.
The court heard how Corey, who was holding his mum's hand, and Casper, sitting in a red push along Mini Cooper toy car, both died from head injuries in the horror crash.
Mum Louise, her two other young sons and a party of relatives and their kids were unhurt in the tragedy which happened at around 2pm.
Banned Brown and his passenger, fiancee Gwendoline Harrison, 41, sped off but their black F ord Focus broke down nearby.
They went to the scene where the boys lay on the road but Harrison swung a bag full of cans of beer at members of the public who attempted to restrain them.
Police finally arrested the pair after finding them hiding behind a garden shed nearby.
Warwick Crown Court heard Brown had been released on licence from a six-month sentence for possession of an 18in machete in a public place just six days before the fatal crash.
He had never passed a driving test or held a valid licence but had driven on public roads since he was a teenager..
Harrison - who has a string of previous convictions for assaulting police officers - admitted assault with intent to resist arrest after hitting someone who tried to intervene.
She was jailed for six months and banned from driving for 27 months.
Judge Andrew Lockhart QC said: "No sentence that can be passed will ever be enough for the parents of Corey and Casper.
"The court can only imagine that of what the mother and father are suffering."Source: Google News