AN off-duty policeman who was knocked down and killed by a tanker on the M8 had gotten out the car on the motorway’s hard shoulder after “feeling unwell”, his brother has said.
Police were today continuing their inquiries into the death of Detective Constable Ian Smollet, who died in the horror collision on Thursday.
It has also emerged the 35-year-old was expecting a third child with his wife, Laura, 33.
His elder brother, Kevin, said the officer had been driving the car with their 69-year-old father, William, as his passenger and got out for “fresh air”.
Moments later, DC Smollet, from Livingston, was struck by a Leyland DAF tanker truck on the carriageway close to junction two.
His brother, who lives in Ellon, Aberdeenshire where DC Smollet originally came from, said: “He was a fun-loving person and loved his kids.
“He also loved his job. He will be sorely missed by every one of his friends and his family.”
Mr Smollet – whose parents William and Isabella also live in Ellon – said his brother had got out of the car on the hard shoulder.
He said: “My father was in the car with him at the time of the accident and Ian pulled over as he was feeling unwell.
“He got out of the car to get some fresh air.”
After being hit by the tanker at 3.40pm on Thursday, DC Smollet suffered multiple injuries and was treated at the scene by an emergency trauma team. He died from his injuries after being rushed to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
Road policing officers were called to the crash scene and the road was closed for around five hours while they conducted an investigation.
DC Smollet and his wife, who was originally from Ellon, were married at King’s College Chapel in Aberdeen in 2009. The couple had two daughters – five-year-old Zoe and three-year-old Isla.
A family statement issued following his death read: “Ian was a caring and loving husband, an amazing dad and will be missed immensely.”
He was based at Livingston police station and served in the Lothians and Scottish Borders Division with Police Scotland.
DC Smollet was thought to have been the subject of an internal inquiry over breach of the peace allegations. A Police Scotland spokesman said previously their internal inquiry into the allegations was not part of the investigation into his death.
He said: “We are aware of an incident which was the subject of an investigation and is separate to our investigation into DC Smollet’s death.”
DC Smollet had not been suspended from his work or charged over the breach of the peace claims. Police are still appealing for any witnesses to the road collision to come forward.
A police spokesman said: “Inquiries are ongoing.”