Dad lay on road before being hit by taxi

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A FATHER-OF-ONE who was killed after being struck by a taxi on a West Lothian street had been lying on the road before he was struck, it has emerged.

John McVey, 32, suffered fatal injuries when the Peugeot E7 S taxi came around the corner and hit him on West Mains Street, Broxburn, on Thursday evening.

It has now emerged that Mr McVey had been lying on the road when the collision occurred.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are investigating whether the icy road conditions may have contributed to Mr McVey’s death.

The crash happened at around 11.10pm on Thursday, beside Broxburn fire station, at the junction of Clarkson Road. The street was closed for several hours while accident investigators combed the scene for clues that may shed light on what happened.

Broxburn residents have told of their shock at Mr McVey’s death.

One of his friends, Darren Reape, revealed on social media that he had been with Mr McVey just minutes before the tragedy.

He said: “If only I could have done something different he may still be here.”

Sarah Campbell posted on Facebook that she had watched Mr McVey lying on the road moments before the taxi hit him.

“Such a horrible thing to witness,” she said. “Thinking of the guy’s poor family.”

Bianca Goodman posted: “I just saw the guy lying there and people round him.

“RIP, and thoughts to his family.”

Mr McVey, who is understood to have had a young daughter, was described by shocked friends as a “lovely guy”.

Katie Bremner wrote online: “So sad. Thoughts are with his family and little girl. Also to the taxi driver.

“I hope you’re at peace now John.”

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision to come forward with information relating to the incident.

Sergeant Gary Taylor said: “At this time, we are trying to establish exactly what has happened to result in this fatal collision and we are keen to hear from any motorists or members of the public who were in the area at the time.

Sergeant Taylor added: “Officers are also trying to establish the man’s movements prior to this incident and anyone who believes they have information relevant to our investigation is asked to contact police immediately.”

Anyone with information about the collision should call 101.