Mum’s tribute to Christmas Eve death driver

Louis Kefferty and Lauren White

Louis Kefferty and Lauren White

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THE mother of a young driver who died following a car accident on Christmas Eve has paid tribute to “the light of her life”.

She was speaking as his girlfriend who survived the crash said that his treatment at the crash scene “saved her life”.

Louis Kefferty was killed when the car he was driving collided with a tree at 11.05am on the A705 approximately half a mile east of Seafield, at Cousland Farm, West Lothian .

The 20-year old, from Seafield, West Lothian, and his 18-year-old girlfriend Lauren White were taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, where he later that night passed away as a result of his injuries.

It is understood that Ms White is likely to remain in hospital “for some time” but her injuries are not life-threatening.

She was visited yesterday by her father Paul and sister Becca. The injured girl had been due to start a new job with budget airline Jet2 next month.

In a Facebook post on Christmas Day, Louis’ mother Karen Thompson said: “Wasn’t going to do this on Facebook but I have read all your lovely messages. My heart is broken and it will never mend, he is the light of my life and I love him so much.

She added: “I am lying in bed thinking about all he got up to, he made my life complete. I just loved him.” 
Louis, who worked as a stonemason apprentice at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh, had returned from weekend break in London with girlfriend, Lauren, just two weeks ago.

The former Bathgate Academy student has told how Louis ensured she was safe before tending to himself.

She said: “Yesterday I lost the most precious person in my life, he has been there for me no matter what and it has left a hole in my heart that will never mend.

He saved my life and made sure I was protected before attending to himself and I am so grateful, but just wish he was here to tell me everything is going to be ok, hug me and comfort me.

“He will always be in my heart and I will never move on from this loss. He was the rock to everyone and he is the 
type of person that will be 
there for anyone he cares about!”

Lauren, who was due to begin a new job with Jet2 next month, added: “We had the best relationship he made me smile every day and I will never be able to mend the pain I’m feeling, but Hayleigh and Karen are all that I have left of Louis and I want to be part of their life and carry on and think of all the memories we had together.”

Mr Kefferty bought a new car in August and is understood to have passed his test over two years ago.

The road was closed for five hours following the collision and officers are appealing for any witnesses to the accident, or who saw the red Vauxhall Astra on the A705 prior to the collision.

Sergeant Brian Jones, who is leading the investigation, said: “This tragic collision appears to have involved only one car, however I am appealing to anyone who saw the collision to call Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

david.oleary@edinburghnews.com