Hotel chef dies in tragic road accident

Tributes have been paid to the late George Nutman
Tributes have been paid to the late George Nutman

Tributes have been paid to a 25-year-old man who died in a tragic road accident last week in Leven.

Police investigations are continuing into the crash early last Thursday morning, which claimed the life of George Nutman, of Kirkcaldy.

He was driving a green Honda Civic which was in collision with a wall on the A915 Largo Road at around 2.00 a.m.

No other vehicle was involved in the accident.

Mr Nutman was employed as a chef at The Crusoe Hotel in Lower Largo, and was awaiting a call to go to work as a chef offshore on North Sea oil rigs, after he was accepted.

He was one of six children, all with specific needs, who was adopted by Kirkcaldy couple Ian and Edwina Nutman.

Mrs Nutman said: “He was a happy lad – great with his brothers and sisters and alwways very respectful to myself and Ian.”

She added her adopted son had Asperger’s Syndrome, although the condition had not been diagnosed.

“He was hell bent on making a life for himself,” said Mrs Nutman.

“He was in a good place and trying to better himself, working hard to make a better future. He was not a lazy person.

She added: “Anyone who saw him always had something nice to say about him.

“I am very proud of him.

Lesley Dykes, of the Crusoe Hotel, said Mr Nutman had worked on and off for around seven years as a senior chef there and also at its sister establishment, the Dunnikier House Hotel in Kirkcaldy.

She said he was “liked by all his colleagues,” adding: “Everyone is very shocked. He will be sorely missed by all the staff.”

Mrs Dykes also said he was “very talented, full of bright ideas and very passionate about his work.”

Police Scotland has asked anyone who witnessed Thursday morning’s accident in Leven, or who may have any information, to get in touch.

The A915 was closed to allow investigation and recoever work to be carried out, before the road was reopened later that morning.

A spokesman said enquiries were ongoing and appealed for anyone who saw the crash to contact Police Scotland on 101.