Man behind bars over horrific West Lothian crash which killed two young friends

A man has been remanded in custody charged with causing the death of two young friends by dangerous driving.

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 5:32 pm
Updated Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 5:45 pm
Killed in crash: Troi Lawton and Connor Elgey
Killed in crash: Troi Lawton and Connor Elgey

Taylor Hanlon also faces four drug driving charges following a fatal crash involving his sporty blue Subaru Impreza in West Lothian last year.

Troi Lawton, 23, and his best friend Connor Elgey, 19, both died when the car in which they were passengers careered off Longridge Road in Whitburn at around 5am on Saturday 29 August.

Another two men, aged 52 and 28, were detained in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and treated for critical injuries following the crash.

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The A706 road between B7010 Fauldhouse Road and Blaeberryhill Road was closed to traffic for around 12 hours as police carried out an investigation into the cause of the accident.

Hanlon, from Bathgate, West Lothian, appeared on petition at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today/on Tuesday via a video link from prison after being detained in custody by police.

He was charged under S1&1A of the Road Traffic Act 1988 with causing death and severe physical injury to others by driving a mechanically propelled vehicle dangerously on a road or other public place.

He was also accused under S5A(1)(A) of the same act of four counts of driving or being in charge of a motor vehicle with a concentration of a specified controlled drug above a specified limit.

Hanlon, 25, made no plea and the case against him was continued for further examination. He was not granted bail and is expected to make a second court appearance to be committed for trial next week.

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