Family's heartbreaking tributes to siblings, aged 4 and 10, killed in M1 'drink-drive' horror crashAugust 11, 2021
FAMILY members have made heartbreaking tributes to siblings who were killed in an M1 horror crash.
Smaller and Lilly McCann, aged 10 and four, were tragically killed in the collision with a lorry as dozens of tributes flooded in for the "beautiful angels."
The kids were the passengers of the white Vauxhall Astra that collided with an HGV at around 11.10pm on the M1 northbound between junctions 14 and 15.
Their next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers, police confirmed.
A 35-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drink-driving.
Following the tragic news last night, one relative wrote in tribute: "Life is cruel to take them away from my lovely brother.
"Best old father in the world, he put them first no matter how hard he hit they were his life please god give him the strength."
And the children's aunt said: "RIP my perfect little niece and nephew.
"Aunt Elizabeth’s old pet Smaller and me little frilly Lilly.
"Love you always and forever and never in this lifetime will you ever be forgotten, always loved."
A friend of the family added: "Mortal divine RIP beautiful angels.
"So sorry for your loss, their poor mommy and daddy."
Paying tribute to Lilly and Smaller, one of their cousins wrote: "Can't believe I'm even writing this but rest in peace to my two beautiful little cousins Smaller and Lilly.
"I love you with all my heart. I love you so much this don't even feel real.
"What has this world come to, hearts in bits. RIP my babies."
Thames Valley Police are now appealing for witnesses following the tragic collision near Milton Keynes yesterday.
Another child passenger in the Astra and the driver were taken to hospital with injuries but have since been discharged.
The driver of the HGV was uninjured.
A woman, 35, from Derby has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and driving a motor vehicle when above the prescribed limit of alcohol.
It is not known what relation she has to the children. She remains in custody.
The crash caused ten hours of road delays that saw cars in a standstill all the way back to Bedford.
Investigating officer, Sergeant Dominic Mahon, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Bicester, said: “My thoughts remain with the family of the two children who sadly died at this extremely difficult time.
“We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this collision or anyone who may have dash-cam footage that may have captured what happened or either of the vehicles prior to the collision to please get in touch.
“You can make a report by calling 101 or online, quoting reference 43210356500.”
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