Tragic Tayport dad suffered brain injury

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A young Tayport dad who died following an horrific road crash almost a year ago suffered a severe brain injury, a fatal accident inquiry has been told.

Owen Bissett (25) died in Ninewells Hospital last November, a week after his car was involved in a head-on collision with a lorry on the A85 between Perth and Crieff.

The accident happened just after 9am on November 20.

A fatal accident inquiry was ordered into Mr Bissett’s death and it was held on Wednesday at Perth Sheriff Court.

Members of his family attended the hearing, which was heard by Sheriff Christopher Shead.

The inquiry heard that Mr Bissett - who lived with his fiancee and their young daughter in Elizabeth Street, Tayport - worked with MGT Training in Dundee and regularly travelled throughout Tayside as part of his job.

On the morning of the crash, he clocked in at work just before 8am and was due to drive to Crieff Hydro to meet his team leader at 9am.

At 9.08 am, near Abercairney, Mr Bissett’s Honda Civic was involved in a collision with an Isuzu lorry driven by David Scott (54) , of Edinburgh- based Hireline Ltd, the court was told.

Passers-by went to Mr Bissett’s aid and found him unconscious in his car with what appeared to be a serious head injury.

Emergency services were scrambled to the scene and Mr Bissett had to be cut free from his vehicle by firefighters.

He was taken by ambulance to Ninewells Hospital’s intensive care unit under police escort and underwent a CT scan.

The court was told that he had suffered a massive brain injury and he was pronounced dead at 1.18pm on November 26.

The cause was noted as a cranio cerebral injury and blunt force trauma.

Sheriff Shead will publish his findings in due course.

At the time of the crash, the road was closed for five hours while emergency services were at the scene. Mr Scott, the driver of the lorry, was uninjured.

Following the tragedy, hundreds of messages of support were left on the Facebook page belonging to Mr Bissett’s heartbroken fiancee, Kelly Grossett.

A Police Scotland statement issued at the time read: ‘Mr Bissett’s family are understably upset by their sudden loss and have said he will be greatly missed.’

He was laid to rest at Dundee Crematorium following a moving service at St Andrews Cathedral in Dundee on December 4 last year.