M8 crash: Man on attempted murder charge

Police investigate the accident in which Murray D'Angelo died. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Police investigate the accident in which Murray D'Angelo died. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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POLICE investigating the death of a man who was hit by two cars after getting out of a taxi on the M8 have arrested and charged a man in connection with an incident immediately before.

Detectives said a 23-year-old man had been charged with the attempted murder of a 34-year-old man and he will appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

Murray D'Angelo who died when he was knocked down on the M8. Pic: comp

Murray D'Angelo who died when he was knocked down on the M8. Pic: comp

Mr D’Angelo, 28, was travelling westbound with two other passengers when the accident happened on Saturday morning. Emergency services were called to the scene between the Hermiston and Gogar junctions at about 6.15am but the 28-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr D’Angelo was hit within seconds by two passing cars travelling westbound in pitch black and rainy conditions.

A police statement said: “While investigating the fatal road collision on the M8 in the early hours of Saturday morning in which Murray D’Angelo lost his life, police have arrested and charged a man in relation to an incident that occurred immediately prior to the collision.

“A 23 year old man has now been charged with the attempted murder of a 34-year-old man and he will appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court tomorrow.”

It comes as tributes have been paid to Mr D’Angelo.

Mr D’Angelo’s girlfriend Rachel Symington is expecting their first child and friends said they were making plans to move into a new home.

A friend who asked not to be named said: “It’s tragic. Murray was so excited about being a dad. Rachel is absolutely devastated and struggling to take in what’s happened.” The couple had been choosing names and showing friends scans of the baby. The friend said: “It’s heartbreaking he won’t be here to see his little girl.”

It is still unclear why Mr D’Angelo got out of the taxi. The red Skoda Octavia taxi was abandoned between the hard shoulder and inside carriageway while road traffic officers and scenes-of-crime staff were investigating and searching nearby undergrowth.