Family pays tribute to cyclist found dead in Fife
THE family of the cyclist found dying at the roadside has paid tribute to a "much-loved father, son, brother and uncle", as police officially confirmed he was the victim of a hit and run collision.
Scott Walker, 43, was found seriously injured on the A917 between Elie and St Monans in Fife at around 7.45pm on Monday July 8. He was taken to Ninewells Hospital where he died the following day.
In a family statement issued through Police Scotland, Scott's sister said: "As a family we are struggling to come to terms with what has happened.
"Scott was a much loved son, brother and uncle to my four children. He was also the father of an amazing little girl who he will never get to see grow up.
"We want to appeal to the driver involved to please search your conscience and come forward. Help us understand the circumstances and allow us to start grieving properly. We know you may have panicked and didn't know what to do, but for all of us including you, please do the right thing and speak to the police."
Police said following a post-mortem and subsequent inquiries, officers could now confirm that Mr Walker had been involved in a collision with a car, which then left the scene.
Detective Chief Inspector John Anderson from Fife CID said: “We are now confident that Mr Walker was involved in a collision with a vehicle as he cycled east from Elie towards St Monans on Monday evening, and that the vehicle was a silver Vauxhall Astra five-door hatchback.
“Through inquiries, we know that the vehicle will have travelled from Elie before the incident and following the collision has continued along the A917 eastbound towards St.Monans.
“We would ask any owners or users of such a car in the East Neuk area of Fife to contact us so that they can be eliminated from our inquiries.
"Likewise any member of the public who has knowledge of such a vehicle being used in the East Neuk of Fife before this incident should contact the Police. You do not have to suspect it was involved, but allow us the opportunity to eliminate it.
"We have already spoken to a number of owners of this type of vehicle in the area along with other motorists that were on that road last Monday night. Despite this, there are still motorists that have yet to come forward. Regardless of what you may or may not have seen, if you were driving on this road last Monday night we need you to speak to us to help us piece together what happened
"We would also specifically appeal to the driver of a dark coloured Audi Q5 or Q3 motor car with roof bars that was travelling from St.Monans to Elie shortly before the collision. It is possible the driver may have seen something that is important to this investigation.
“I firmly believe that the answers lie in the local community of the East Neuk of Fife. Does a friend, neighbour, or someone you know drive a silver Vauxhall Astra? Would this have been driving in the area between Elie and St Monan’s last Monday night?, It may not appear damaged or indeed you may not have seen it since. Has someone confided in you about what happened? If you have any information regarding what happened or a vehicle matching this description, please come forward and contact officers. You can also provide information anonymously using Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."
And he appealed directly to the driver of the car: "Please search your conscious and contact officers so that we can establish the full circumstances surrounding how Mr Walker came to sustain his injuries that ultimately cost him his life. An accident this may well have been, however the longer this goes on without you contacting the police of your own accord then the more difficult it is to understand your actions afterwards.
“We are determined to provide answers for Mr Walker's family and tonight detectives will work alongside officers from the Road Policing Unit at the scene on the A917 to speak to drivers as they use this route as we continue our inquiries"
Those with information can contact Police Scotland via 101 and quote incident number 3910 of July 8 or make an anonymous report to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.