A Dundee pensioner has appeared in court accused of leaving a Fife cyclist to die on a country road following a car accident.
Ian McFarlane appeared in private at Dundee Sheriff Court on July 18.
The 74-year-old faces four charges in relation to the death of Fife cyclist Scott Walker, who was found lying on the A917 road between Elie and St Monans on the morning of July 8.
Mr Walker, a 43-year old father of one, lost his fight for life in Ninewells Hospital in Dundee a day later
McFarlane is accused of driving a car which collided with Mr Walker, and of leaving the scene of an accident.
The pensioner, whose address was given in court papers as Muirton Road, Dundee, is also alleged to have attempted to pervert the course of justice by taking steps to conceal damage caused to his car as a result of the collision.
He is accused of trying to dispose of damaged car parts to hide his involvement in the incident.
McFarlane is also alleged to have driven while he was disqualified and without insurance, and to have failed to report his part in the collision, even after he became aware it had led to Mr Walker’s death.
The Walker family made an appeal for witnesses to come forward shortly after the incident.
Mr Walker’s sister said they were struggling to come to terms with his death.
“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,” she said.
McFarlane was arrested on July 17 and held in custody overnight.
He made no plea during his court appearance and is expected to appear before Sheriff James MacDonald again on July 19. He has been remanded in custody in the meantime.
Following the arrest, Detective Chief Inspector John Anderson, from Fife CID, said officers would still like to speak to potential witnesses.
Mr Anderson said: “I would once again like to extend my deepest sympathies to the family of Scott Walker.
“While an arrest has been made, we remain keen to hear from any members of the public who still believe they can assist with this investigation.
“In particular, we’d like to speak to the occupants of a dark Audi car, or possibly a Q3 or Q5, with roof bars, which was travelling towards Elie from St Monans around the time of the collision.”