Appeal to drivers after fatal accident

Police are appealing for help in tracing a the occupants of a car who may be able to help the investigation into a fatal accident.

Thursday, 7th June 2018, 1:14 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 2:16 pm

Police believe that the occupants of the car may have been heading to Fife around the time of the incident in Edinburgh at 12.30am on Friday, May 25.

A major investigation has been underway since a stolen Audi A3 was seen overtaking cars travelling south towards the Maybury Roundabout, shortly before a collision occurred involving a BMW X5 and Peugeot 206.

As a result of this collision, 29-year-old Jonathan Smith, who was within the Peugeot, which caught fire, sadly passed away.

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Detectives have spoken to all vehicles in the Maybury area at the time the incident occurred, as well as numerous other members of the public who have come forward with information.

The only potential witnesses who currently remain outstanding are the occupants of a small dark-coloured hatchback, which was seen travelling North towards the Barnton junction just prior to the collision.

Anyone within this vehicle is urged to contact police immediately.

Detective Inspector Graham Grant from Corstorphine CID said: “The public response to this investigation has been incredible and all information provided to us is being progressed as we continue our efforts to trace those within the stolen Audi A3 and establish the full circumstances of the collision.

“Having spoken to the motorists who witnessed the incident, the member of the public who admistered first aid and various others, the only individuals we remain keen to trace are those within the small dark hatchback car.

“We do not know if this vehicle travelled towards Fife, or elsewhere in Edinburgh, so we would urge anyone who owns such a car to think back and if they believe they were driving from the Maybury Roundabout just before 12.30am on Friday, May 25, then please come forward.

“I would like to stress again, you have done absolutely nothing wrong and we only wish to speak with you to determine if you have any information that may be of use to our inquiry.

“Likewise, if anyone else believes they have any relevant information and has not already got in touch, please do so.”

Those with information can contact Corstorphine CID via 101 and quote incident number 108 of the May 25. Alternatively, an anonymous report can be made to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.