Family tribute to A9 crash victim

A man who died in a crash on the A9 was on his way home for the Easter break, his family have said as they paid tribute to him.

Duncan Mackay was killed when his Porsche Cayman crashed near Latheron, Caithness, at around 12.50pm on Friday. No other vehicles were involved.

The 37-year-old had been living in Manchester and was travelling to visit family in Caithness over the weekend.

His family said:  "Duncan Mackay was a loving and caring son, brother, nephew and friend to many.

"He was thoughtful, considerate and lived his life to its fullest. He was a creative, adventurous individual and was an inspiration to us all.

"Although currently based in Manchester, he loved Caithness and visited the county regularly. He had been very much looking forward to coming home to spend Easter with his family and long-time friends."

Duncan Mackay was travelling to meet family in Caithness when he crashed on the A9 (Police Scotland/PA)
Mr Mackay was travelling to Caithness when he crashed on the A9 (Police Scotland/PA)

Mr Mackay's family said he had represented Scotland at touch rugby tournaments and loved to keep fit.

The statement, released through police, added: "He had a keen interest in cars and motorsport, and especially loved fishing with his dad on Wick River. He also played touch rugby for many years and had represented Scotland at various tournaments around Europe.

"We, along with his extended family and friends, are devastated by his death. We have an overwhelming feeling of heartache and grief, and so much love for him.

"We very much appreciate the good wishes and support we have received since Friday's crash and extend our extreme gratitude to everyone who attended the scene and tried to help Duncan thereafter."

Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

Sergeant Ewan Calder said: "Our thoughts and sympathies remain with Mr Mackay's family at this time.

"We are continuing with enquiries to establish the circumstances around this tragic incident.

"The only vehicle involved in the collision was the grey Porsche Cayman driven by Mr Mackay, however we would like to speak to any drivers who were on the A9 in the Caithness area at the time.

"We are keen to speak to the driver of a white 4×4 which was in the Latheron area which may have seen Mr Mackay's vehicle. The driver may have information which could assist with our enquiries."

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