Tributes to Brian as police investigate fatal accident

Brian Phimister
Brian Phimister

A police investigation is still continuing into the tragic road crash last week which claimed the life of a Kirkcaldy teenager.

Brian Phimister (16) died at the scene after the BMW 3 Series car in which he was a passenger in crashed into a tree on the A955 between Dysart and the Coaltown of Wemyss around 12.50 a.m. on Friday.

The 18-year-old male driver of the car suffered what police described as “serious injuries”, athough they did not appear to be life-threatening.

He was taken to the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy for treatment.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Enquiries into the full circumstances surrounding this incident are ongoing.

‘‘Anyone who can assist road policing officers with their investigation is asked to contact police immediately.”

Meanwhile, tributes have been paid to Brian by friends, family members and his former school, as well as Fife College.

A facebook page, ‘In loving memory of Brian Phimister’ has been set up and has attracted over 1720 likes.

His mother said: “Brian was a much-loved son and brother and his presence will be sadly missed by everyone he knew.

“The family respectfully request to be left to grieve at this difficult time.”

Dr James More, rector at Brian’s former school, Balwearie High, said: “Everyone at Balwearie is shocked and saddened at this news.

“Our thoughts are with all his family at this very difficult time.

“Brian will be remembered fondly by staff at the school, who describe his passion for anything mechanical and his love for his family.”

A Fife College spokesman confirmed Brian had been a student at the former Adam Smith College from 2012-13, where he attended a part-time Work Skills Programme while still at school.

The spokesman added that “heartfelt condolences” were being sent to Brian’s family and friends.

Following the accident, calls were made to reduce the speed limit on the A955 coastal road, in the hope further tragedies might be averted.

Levenmouth councillor John O’Brien pointed out the road had several dips and bad bends and added: “Maybe we should look at reducing the speed limit from 40mph to 30mph.”

Expressing his sympathy to the families involved, Cllr O’Brien added: “We are doing our best as councillors to make people aware of driving in Fife, and driving to conditions.

“We are still losing young people on our roads.”

After the crash, two fire engines from Methil were also summoned to help officers at the scene, where they remained until 7.00 a.m.

The road was closed for a time on Friday morning between the two villages, which meant drivers had to divert via the Standing Stane Road in either direction.