Com­mu­nity left dev­as­tated by tragic death of teenagers

A hor­rific road crash in Fife has claimed the lives of two young men – a tragedy that has shaken their home town and left an en­tire com­mu­nity in mourn­ing, writes

The Herald on Sunday - - NEWS FOCUS -

Alas­dair Clark

A COM­MU­NITY is “united in grief” af­ter two lo­cal teenagers died in a car crash in Kirk­caldy.

Ethan King, 17, died af­ter the car he was trav­el­ling in with three friends left the A915 Stand­ing Stane Road near Kirk­caldy last Sun­day.

His friend Con­nor Aird, also 17, was taken to the Western Gen­eral hos­pi­tal in Ed­in­burgh but lost his fight for life on Fri­day evening.

Dev­as­tated lo­cal young peo­ple raised around £10,000 to give Ethan a “good send off”. It is not known if that will now also go to­wards Con­nor’s funeral.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called at around 8.45am on Sun­day fol­low­ing re­ports of the sin­gle car ac­ci­dent. Wit­nesses pro­vided first aid, but de­spite the ef­forts of the emer­gency ser­vices, the 17-year-old was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the car, also 17, has been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the sin­gle­car incident af­ter he was taken to hos­pi­tal in Dundee with se­ri­ous in­juries.

All three friends played foot­ball with the Glen­rothes Ath­letic un­der-19s squad, and team­mates across Fife were left shocked as news of the ac­ci­dent spread through­out the re­gion.

A num­ber of foot­ball teams held minute’s si­lences be­fore their game in re­spect of their fel­low play­ers.

Derek Alan, head­teacher of Kirk­caldy High School, where the boys were for­mer pupils, said the school and wider com­mu­nity was “united in grief” af­ter the loss.

He said: “I have been im­mensely proud of our young peo­ple this week. They have shown tremen­dous em­pa­thy, re­spect and re­silience in the af­ter­math of Sun­day’s tragic news. Of course, we all felt a bit over­whelmed on Mon­day morn­ing as we re­acted as a school com­mu­nity.

“Af­ter our spe­cial as­sem­blies and minute of si­lence first thing, we made a quiet space avail­able with spe­cially

I have been im­mensely proud of our young peo­ple this week. They have shown tremen­dous em­pa­thy, re­spect and re­silience in the af­ter­math of Sun­day’s tragic news

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