'Please do the right thing' West Lothian hit and run victim's brother pleads for people with information to come forward

Hit and run victim's brother appeals for help bringing killer driver to justice

By Stephen Wilkie
Tuesday, 27th October 2020, 4:31 pm
West Lothian hit and run victim's brother pleads for people with information to come forward
West Lothian hit and run victim's brother pleads for people with information to come forward

The brother of a man who died in a West Lothian hit and run has urged anyone with information which could identify the killer driver to contact police.

George Robertson, 53, was on his way home from visiting a friend in Bathgate when he was left for dead on the B792 near Torphichen on Sunday, September 20.

The incident happened at some point between 10.50pm and 10.55pm and the driver of the vehicle failed to stop after running him over.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

A number of motorists stopped at the scene to raise the alarm and Mr Robertson, a father-of-two from Torphichen, was taken by ambulance Edinburgh Royal Infirmary where he died a short time later.

Police are still trying to trace dark coloured Nissan Qashqai, believed to be around three years old, in connection with the incident.

Officers say it will have suffered damage to its underbody but is not expected to have any visible front end damage.

In an emotional appeal, Mr Robertson’s older brother, David, 60, said: “Five weeks ago my family lost an unbelievable healthy and fit son, brother and father, who had so much to live for, until someone took his life from us, leaving us totally devastated and heartbroken.

“The person or persons who ran over my brother George have not had the morale conviction or compassion to come forward, to explain to police what happened in this tragic road accident.

“I am now pleading for information from their family, friends or the public who might know something about what happened, to please call the police on 101.”

He added: “No words I write can describe how I, my 85 year old mum who is totally devastated, and my family feel right now, or ever will feel.

“We are hoping there are people with family morals and compassion who will come forward. Please do the right thing, talk to the police and have some self-respect.”

Inspector Peter Houston from Police Scotland’s Road Policing Unit said: “It has been more than five weeks since George’s death and we are still looking for answers for his family.

“Our dedicated team is committed to finding the person responsible, with officers examining hours of CCTV footage as well as following up the latest lines of enquiry.

“We are continuing our search for a dark coloured Nissan Qashqai, and would urge anyone who may have seen this car to get in touch. The vehicle will have suffered underbody damage and unless someone looks carefully at its underside, it would be very possible not to notice the damage."

He added: “I believe that the answers lie within the local community and would urge anyone with information to come forward. No matter how insignificant you think your information is, please let us be the judge of that, as even the slightest detail could help us piece together what happened.

“Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland through 101, quoting incident number 4127 of Sunday 20 September 2020. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where details can be provided anonymously.”

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this article. We're more reliant on your support than ever as the shift in consumer habits brought about by coronavirus impacts our advertisers.

If you haven't already, please consider supporting our trusted, fact-checked journalism by taking out a digital subscription.