A young North-east couple lost their lives on Sunday afternoon when they were involved in an accident which took place on the A90 Fraserburgh to Peterhead road.
The couple, Doralee Belk (25) from Fraserburgh and John Richards (22) from Peterhead, who were killed at the scene, were travelling north on the A90 to Fraserburgh in a Honda Civic when it was involved in a collision with a Fiat Ducato van owned by Peterhead Joiners. The 24 year old male driver of the van was conveyed by road Ambulance to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where he was treated for various non life-threatening injuries.
Grampian Police are appealing for witnesses to the tragic accident which happened approximately one mile south of Fraserburgh at Milton of Philorth at around 4.10pm.
Sergeant David Pirie of the Grampian Road Policing Department, who attended the scene, said: “Tragically, two young people have died today as a result of this collision. Next of kin of those involved have been informed.
“ This will obviously be a particularly difficult time for all of the family and friends of the two people who died, and my thoughts are with them at this sad time.
“Our enquiries are ongoing and collision investigators have spent around eight hours carrying out a detailed examination of the scene.
“Although we’ve spoken with a number of witnesses, we are aware that some may have left the scene prior to our arrival.
“We’d obviously like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or its immediate aftermath. I appeal to anyone who has not yet spoken with us to get in touch as soon as possible.
“We’re particularly keen to trace the occupants of a dark green or possibly silver saloon car, possibly an MG that stopped at the scene.
“We’d also like to speak with anyone who saw a fairly distinctive dark blue Honda Civic being driven on the A90 between Peterhead and Fraserburgh during the late afternoon of Sunday.”
Dora, who described herself on facebook as “finally living my dream in Aberdeenshire”, was originally from Blantyre, South Lanarkshire.
A family friend of the couple told the Herald: “It’s a very difficult time for the families. It’s been really heard and just shocking.”