Driver charged with the death of ‘much-loved’ Stefan

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A MAN has appeared in court charged with causing death by dangerous driving following a fatal road crash on New Year’s Day.

Stefan Sakatiuk, 34, from Fauldhouse, West Lothian, died when the silver Vauxhall Signum he was travelling in left the B7015 Sheephousehill Road and hit a tree on the edge of the village on January 1.

Richard Whiteford appeared at Livingston Sheriff Court

The 38-year-old, from West Lothian, was charged with causing death by dangerous driving and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Whiteford also faced a further charge of causing death by dangerous driving while allegedly being disqualified and having no insurance.

He made no plea or declaration during the private hearing, and was remanded in custody until his next appearance, which is expected to be next week.

Mr Sakatiuk’s family last week paid tribute to him in a statement released by police.

They said: “It is a terrible shock to the whole family. Stefan was a much-loved son and brother, who especially loved his mum.

“Stefan will be dearly missed and we cannot believe that this has happened.”

After his death, friend Richard Krendler wrote: “Sorry to hear this man, you are well loved and as I bet your bro’ was to. My thoughts are with you and your family.”