TRIBUTES-Lena Czepczor, 4, and Justyne Hulboj, 27, were on foot in Leeds’ Sheepscar neighborhood when an Audi mounted the sidewalk and crashed into a Jaguar car store.
Prior to the collision, the car was reportedly traveling in convoy with a gray BMW 135i, according to the police.
There have already been three arrests.
Family, friends, and neighbors who were devastated by their loss recalled the two local residents today.
On Facebook, someone wrote: “Very heartbreaking.
Both were pronounced dead a short time later, a force spokesman said.
The driver was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Distraught families last night told how their children had watched the horror unfold.
One parent said: “My son witnessed it waiting for the bus to school.
“He’s shaken up. I managed to go pick him up before the road was closed and brought him home.
“Just seeing the state of the car made me feel uneasy so can’t begin to imaging what it’s done to him seeing it.”
Another said: “Just had to pick my son up, he witnessed it.”
A traffic officer told shocked onlookers it was the worst scene he had ever attended.
‘ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE’
A witness said: “The entire front of the Audi is missing. The mother and child were pedestrians crossing the road.
“The driver was at the lights revving. He set off and 200 yards down the road he struck the two people on the pavement.”
Meanwhile a tyre fitter who works nearby said: “I heard the Audi TT revving his engine at the red lights.
“Then he flew off down the road. I could see the driver at the wheel.
“I did not see the crash. But then all hell broke loose.”
One woman who was passing by said: “Seeing the scene broke me.”
The road was closed as enquiries continued.
Residents described how the A-road is used as a “racing track” by speeding drivers who hurtle down it past the limit.
Cops are investigating if this is relevant in this case.
Two men, 26 and 34, were arrested on suspicion of two offences of causing death by dangerous driving and remain in custody.
A 65-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. She has been released on bail.
Detective Inspector Paul Conroy said: “This is an absolutely tragic incident, and we are working to support the family of the woman and child involved.
“We have already spoken to a number of witnesses but are keen to speak to anyone else who has witnessed the collision itself or the events leading up to it.
We also recommend that anyone who was around at the time of the crash review their dashcam footage.
Anyone with information is urged to get in touch with the Major Collision Enquiry Team by calling or via the online 101 Live Chat service and referencing log 260 from January 16 when doing so.