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Road calls after weekend of death
Scene of Perth crash
Officers assess the scene of the crash in Perth in which five died
Campaigners and police have renewed road safety calls after a spate of crashes which claimed the lives of 14 people across Scotland at the weekend.

The largest loss of life was in a crash near Crieff in Perthshire on Saturday in which five people died.

William and Alison Melville and their son died in the crash which also claimed the lives of two young women.

On Monday, the death of a man in his 50s on the A9 near Auchterarder brought the number killed since Friday to 15.

Grampian Police officers, who saw a record number of road deaths last year, have urged motorists to exercise additional care.

Dianne Ferreira, of road safety charity Brake, said: "We'd like to see a night-time curfew on younger drivers, as most of these accidents happen at night, and maximum engine sizes for younger drivers of 1.4.

"We'd also like to see curbs on the amount of other young passengers as there can be a tendency for them to pile all their mates in the car and end up speeding."

Jo Stagg, of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (Rospa) said: "You have got to hope that this is a freak weekend - road crash figures have been decreasing."

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Road crash at Pitmedden (Pic: Press and Journal)

On Monday, police released the names of the two young women killed in Saturday's Perthshire crash.

Donna Miller and Tanya Webster, were both 19 and from Crieff.

The other three people killed in the crash, Mr Melville, 67, his wife Allison, 60, and 33-year-old son William junior, all from Methven, were in a Honda Civic which was in collision with a Vauxhall Corsa on a blind summit on the A85 Perth-Crieff road close to their home.

Police revealed how they arrived to find the Corsa on fire and the young women were pronounced dead at the scene.

The women were being driven by a 20-year-old male, from nearby Auchterarder. He was released from the wreckage by rescuers and taken to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.

The weekend's terrible toll began on Friday as two teenage friends died when their Citroen Saxo crashed into trees after coming off the Forres to Grantown on Spey road in Moray.

Friends Daniel Duczek, 17, of Califer Road, Forres, and Kayne Danvers, 17, of Elvin Place, Findhorn, were named as the victims.

Another motorist died after a crash on the Oldmeldrum to Ellon road in Aberdeenshire on Friday at about 1945 GMT.

Donna Miller and Tanya Webster
Donna Miller Tanya Webster died in the Saturday evening tragedy

He was later named as oil worker Nicholas James Sim, 20, from Udny, in Aberdeenshire.

In Ayrshire, a male pedestrian died on Friday night after he was hit on the A77 Glasgow to Portpatrick road near Prestwick.

A pedestrian also suffered fatal injuries after being hit by a car in Aberdeen city centre early on Sunday morning.

In another crash, a Dutch woman was named by police as the victim of a two-car crash on the shore of Loch Ness.

Annemarie Elisabeth Van Herwijnen, 24, from Groningen, died at the scene of Saturday morning's accident near the Clansman Hotel on the A82.

Retired minister, the Reverend Kenneth Wigston was killed after being struck by a car on the A82 Ballachulish to Glencoe road in the Highlands on Sunday while out walking with his daughter, Catherine, who was unhurt.

In the south, 84-year-old Jean Fleming from Largs, was identified as the 13th fatality when a Ford Escort she was travelling in on the A737 Beith bypass in Ayrshire collided with a Renault Laguna on Sunday afternoon.

Lothian and Borders Police said that 65-year-old John Smith died when his white Ford Escort ploughed into a bungalow in Torbane Drive, East Whitburn, West Lothian, at about 1335 GMT on Sunday.

The name of the man killed in the Perth crash on Monday morning has not been released.


SEE ALSO
Bid to end young rural road death
12 Jan 07 |  North East/N Isles
Accident 'blackspots' fund call
27 Dec 06 |  Scotland
Road deaths 'lowest in 50 years'
24 Nov 06 |  Scotland

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