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Man dies after fall from pedicab

A 26-year-old man who was seriously injured in a fall involving a pedicab in Edinburgh city centre has died.

He was in the bicycle-powered rickshaw-style vehicle in the Festival Square area of Lothian Road when he fell and hit his head early on Sunday.

Police confirmed that the family of the man, a serving soldier, were with him when he died at about 1100 BST.

The man, whom police have not yet named, is believed from the Lothians area.

Lothian and Borders Police Insp Jim Milne said: "The condition of this man worsened around 11am this morning and he sadly succumbed to his injuries.

Easter leave

"It's not known where the man is from but he was a young serving soldier based in Southampton.

"His family are from the Lothians and some of them were at the hospital with him today."

The MoD said it was understood he served with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (Reme) and was based at Southampton with 17 Port and Maritime regiment.

His family are from Scotland and he was in Edinburgh on Easter leave.

The man was travelling in a Chariot Cabs pedicab, a bicycle-powered carriage, when the incident happened at about 0220 BST on Sunday.

Chariot Cabs owner Greig Aitken said: "I would like to send my condolences and sympathies to the man's family. I am very sorry for how such an unfortunate accident has panned out.

"My driver acted perfectly and I have every confidence in my driver. It's the only incident we've ever been involved in like this in six years so the pedicabs are very very safe."

He said it was thought the man jumped from the pedicab while it was moving.



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