Police have confirmed that 97-year-old man hit by a car in Crieff yesterday has died.
Renewed calls to improve road safety in Crieff have been made after the elderly man was struck by a car in the town centre on Saturday morning.
Officers rushed to the town’s West High Street just before 9.45am after being alerted by the Scottish Ambulance Service that an elderly man had been hit by a vehicle.
Police Scotland is appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision involving a Red Nissan Note motor car and a pedestrian which occurred on Galvelmore Street, Crieff at about 9.40 am on Saturday 7th September 2019.https://t.co/FUET4oVmhb pic.twitter.com/X7eQb1yWXD
— TaysidePolice (@TaysidePolice) September 8, 2019
The man was taken directly to hospital after the incident involving a red Nissan Note happened on the junction with Galvelmore Street.
Eyewitnesses reported a significant police presence, with part of the street being blocked off by three squad cars and spotted blood on the road this morning.
Officers are now appealing for witnesses. A spokesperson said: “Police Scotland is appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision involving a Red Nissan Note motor car and a pedestrian which occurred on Galvelmore Street, Crieff at about 9.40 am on September 7.
“The 97-year-old male pedestrian was treated by ambulance service personnel but sadly later died in hospital.
“The driver of the Nissan car was uninjured.
“Officers investigating this incident are looking for witnesses who have been in the area of Galvelmore Street and may have seen either the pedestrian or vehicle prior to or at the time of the collision.
“If you can assist with information and have not already been spoken to by police, please contact Police Scotland on 101.”
Crieff road safety campaigner Craig Finlay believes that this incident only reinforces the need for action on the busy A85 trunk road.
He said: “The news of this accident on the High Street is very upsetting, but not altogether surprising given the volume of concern people feel about crossing this extremely congested and busy trunk road.
“I’m currently running a petition aimed at getting safer crossing measures over East High Street, but in my campaign I have had a high number of people also raise the issue of crossing the road at West High Street.
“I would urge Transport Scotland to meet with concerned residents to look at what can be done to make pedestrian access across the A85 much safer”.
Mr Finlay’s petition to act on the street, which is approaching accident blackspot status is open until September 14 and can be signed at Crieff’s The Handy Shop.
Transport Scotland said they were not yet aware of the circumstances of the collision.