16-year-old Dunbar crash survivor arrested

Josh Stewart, David Armstrong, and Jenna Barbour. Pictures: Comp
Josh Stewart, David Armstrong, and Jenna Barbour. Pictures: Comp
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THE 16-year-old survivor of the horror road crash which killed three teenagers has been arrested on suspicion that he was driving the car.

Robbie Gemmell was arrested yesterday by officers investigating the smash, which took place near Tyninghame, East Lothian, on Monday night.

The community has rallied round the families of the four youngsters following the tragedy.

Robbie was himself injured in the crash and there was widespread relief in Dunbar when he was discharged from hospital on Wednesday. He is now understood to be recovering at home and was arrested yesterday for alleged road traffic offences in connection with the crash.

His friends, Jenna Barbour, 18, Josh Stewart, 16, and David Armstrong, 15, all from Dunbar, died after the Peugeot 206 they were travelling in left the road on Lime Street Walk and hit a wall.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “A report outlining the findings of the investigation to date will be submitted to the procurator fiscal. It would be inappropriate for Police Scotland to make further comment at this time.”

His arrest comes as details were confirmed for the funeral of 18-year-old Jenna, which will be a Humanist ceremony to be held on Thursday at Belhaven Church.

The teenager will be interned in Binning Memorial Wood at Tyninghame and her parents, Sandra and Drew, and brother Gregor have asked for donations to be made to the Riding for the Disabled charity where Jenna volunteered.

It is understood that David’s funeral will take place at the Our Lady of the Waves church in Dunbar while Josh’s will be held at nearby Stenhouse Parish Church.

Meanwhile, pupils and teachers at Dunbar schools have been receiving counselling from a church minister in the wake of the deaths.

Reverend Gordon Stevenson, from Dunbar Parish Church, said that children and staff were struggling to come to terms with the tragedy.

Rev Stevenson said: “We’ve been active at Dunbar Grammar School and Dunbar Primary School. The repercussions ripple through to the primary because of younger siblings and cousins and so on.

“A lot of children have come and spoken to me and staff members, too. The staff struggled to come to terms with what happened, particularly on the first day back. The teachers had often known these pupils for a long time and were deeply affected.”

“One teacher I spoke with said that it had been four days later when it really hit. That is my experience in dealing with these kind of tragedies, that someone can appear fine and then reality kicks in. But no two people are the 
same.”

The minister will start his service tomorrow with prayers for the youngsters and their families.

Susan Law, chair of Muirfield Riding Therapy, near North Berwick, where Jenna volunteered, said: “We were deeply saddened by the loss of Jenna. We think it is fitting that donations be made to the charity as Jenna was a very important part of the organisation. We thank her family for their kind gesture.”

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “An investigation to determine the circumstances of the collision is ongoing.”