TRIBUTES have been paid to a cyclist who died after being knocked off his bike by a car.
James William Scott, 50, was riding on the A68 near Pathhead on Sunday morning when he was struck.
Mr Scott was pronounced dead at the scene following the collision with a Vauxhall Corsa near the junction with the A6093, at around 9.50am.
Police investigations into the exact circumstances of the incident are ongoing.
Mr Scott was described as a hard-working and much-loved family man.
In a statement released through Police Scotland, Mr Scott’s family said: “James was a very loving husband and father.
“He would go out of his way to help anyone who needed it and had recently been nominated for employee of the month at work. He will be sorely missed.”
Bob Bertram, from the Pathhead Road Safety Action Group, arrived at the scene shortly after the collision.
He said: “We were heading for the bypass and there was a queue of cars.
“We didn’t see the incident happen but we knew whatever was happening was obviously bad.
“Cars were getting turned around.
“As we turned I could see somebody getting CPR and so I knew it was a bad one.
“It’s really sad. We are obviously sad to hear about this, especially that it is somebody local.”
Mr Bertram said there were concerns locally about the junction.
He said: “It is a bad one. It’s difficult for people approaching it on the A68, particularly if they are travelling south towards Pathhead.
“People edge out and misjudge the speed of the traffic. I know there has been a lot of near misses at that junction. I have seen it happen and I have done it myself. It’s easy to do.”
Police investigating the incident are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
Sergeant Scott Sneddon of Trunk Road Policing said: “Our sincere condolences go to James’ family and friends at this very sad time.
“We are still keen to speak to anyone who saw the collision on the A68 on Sunday or who has information that can help us with our inquiries into this incident.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.