Fife hit-and-run death: family’s appeal to find driver
The heartbroken family of cyclist Scott Walker have paid a poignant tribute to him a week after he was killed in a hit-and-run incident.
Scott (43), from St Monans, died after being found seriously injured on a road in the East Neuk of Fife last Monday evening.
In a family statement, Scott’s sister said, “As a family we are struggling to come to terms with what has happened.
“Scott was a much-loved son, brother and uncle to my four children. He was also the father of an amazing little girl who he will never get to see grow up.
“We want to appeal to the driver involved to please search your conscience and come forward.
“Help us understand the circumstances and allow us to start grieving properly. We know you may have panicked and didn’t know what to do, but for all of us including you, please do the right thing and speak to the police.”
Scott was found seriously injured on the A917 between Elie and St Monans at around 7.45pm on Monday 8th July. He was taken to Ninewells Hospital where he sadly passed away the following day.
Following a post-mortem and subsequent inquiries, police have now confirmed that Scott had been involved in a collision with a car, which then left the scene.
They want to trace the driver of a silver Vauxhall Astra five-door hatchback (like the one pictured below) which was seen in the East Neuk at the time of the crash.
Detective Chief Inspector John Anderson appealed directly to the driver involved in the crash.
“Please search your conscience and contact officers so that we can establish the full circumstances surrounding how Mr Walker came to sustain his injuries that ultimately cost him his life.
“An accident this may well have been, however, the longer this goes on without you contacting the police of your own accord then the more difficult it is to understand your actions afterwards.”
As part of their inquiry, detectives and road policing officers are tonight returning to the scene of the collision to speak to drivers using the route.
DCI Anderson said police know the car travelled from Elie before the incident and after the collision it continued along the A917 to St Monans.
He wants to speak all owners of silver five-door Astra hatchbacks in the East Neuk to eliminate them from inquiries.
He said, “I firmly believe that the answers lie in the local community of the East Neuk of Fife. Does a friend, neighbour, or someone you know drive a silver Vauxhall Astra?
“Would this have been driving in the area between Elie and St Monan’s last Monday night? It may not appear damaged or indeed you may not have seen it since. Has someone confided in you about what happened?
“If you have any information regarding what happened or a vehicle matching this description, please come forward and contact officers.”