Manchester City player Courtney Meppen-Walter has been released on bail after being arrested over the death of a brother and sister in a car crash he was involved in.
Driver Kulwant Singh, 32, died with his sister, front seat passenger Ravel-Kaur Singh, 37, when their red Nissan Micra was in collision with a silver Mercedes which 18-year-old Meppen-Walter is understood to have been driving.
The crash also injured Ms Singh’s two sons, who were back seat passengers in the Micra at the time of the crash on Saturday night at the junction of Bury New Road and Sherborne Street, north Manchester.
The 16-year-old boy has a head injury not believed to be life-threatening while the 17-year-old boy suffered a serious head injury and remains in a critical condition.
Meppen-Walter and a second man, aged 19, who was driving a grey Volkswagen Golf, were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following the accident.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “Two men arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following a fatal collision in north Manchester have been bailed.”
Mr Singh was from Salford and his sister from Cheetham Hill, Manchester.
A Manchester City FC spokeswoman 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 of yesterday evening.
“The situation is subject to an extensive investigation by Greater Manchester Police and therefore we are unable to make specific comment on the incident itself at this time.”
It is thought Meppen-Walter, who was born in Bury, Greater Manchester, was driving a “low-powered” Mercedes at the time of the collision.
The defender joined City in July 2010, according to the club’s website. The youth team player has been a regular in the England under-17 side.