A FATHER-of-two was killed in a horror road crash after he lost control of his car during a hailstorm on Christmas Eve, it has emerged.
Richard Logg, 37, had been travelling to visit relatives in Ayr with his wife and two young children when the tragedy occurred in treacherous conditions on the M77, near Kilmarnock.
No other car was involved in the accident that left Mr Logg in a critical condition and needing to be cut free from his BMW.
Wife Lorraine, a skating instructor at Murrayfield ice rink, suffered a fractured vertebrae and punctured lung but both children – Rory, three, and Thomas, aged six months – miraculously escaped serious injury. Medics battled for two days to save Mr Logg’s life but he died on Boxing Day.
The family had been looking forward to spending their first Christmas with Thomas and posed for a picture with Santa just days before the tragedy.
It is understood Mrs Logg is recovering at home in South Queensferry after being discharged from hospital in Ayrshire.
A flood of tributes have been paid to Mr Logg, a housekeeping manager at Fettes College, who was a keen rugby player and represented his native Ayr from minis to the first XV, latterly playing for Edinburgh Northern RFC as a No.8.
Family friend John Walsh, 36, said Mr Logg had been proud to become a father for a second time, describing him as a “model” parent.
“Richard clearly thought the world of his family,” said Mr Walsh. “He took to being a parent so naturally, he had such a big heart and was such a great guy. He would have done anything for Lorraine and the two boys.
“No matter what was happening he was always there to have a play with them. He was such a well-liked guy and you never expect these things to happen to anyone you know. When you get that phone call, it rips the heart out of you.”
Police Scotland said inquiries into the crash were in their infancy and it was too early to confirm whether the weather had played a critical part.
But it is understood the hailstorm had reduced visibility and caused icy conditions on the busy motorway.
Joe Smith, president of Edinburgh Northern RFC, described Mr Logg as a “gentle giant” and said his untimely death had left the “whole club devastated”.
“It is such a terrible thing to happen to one of the nicest people you could wish to meet,” he said. “Our hearts go out to Lorraine, Rory, Thomas and the rest of his family. It is a miracle the boys are OK. He was absolutely devoted to them and he will be missed by all.
“He was the epitome of a gentle giant – big and tough on the field and big-hearted and a lovely man off it.”
Michael Spens, headteacher of Fettes College, said Mr Logg was a massive loss to the school community.
“Richard’s quiet authority allied to a gentle, sympathetic manner earned him respect and affection in equal measure,” he said. “His enthusiasm and energy were infectious and he was a hugely supportive manager, colleague and, above all, friend to us all.
“He will be missed by everyone within the community and our thoughts and prayers are with Lorraine and the boys.”