A199 crash: Family pay tribute to man who died after van collided with house
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Emergency services attended but the 48-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.
Mr French was the driver and sole occupant of the van – a Vauxhall Combo – and no other vehicles were involved.
In a statement his family said: "Billy was a much loved son, brother and uncle who will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
"The family would like to be left to grieve in private at this difficult time."
A police spokesman said enquiries are ongoing into the cause of the crash and anyone who witnessed it should contact Police Scotland on 101 and quote incident number 3797 of 15 May.