Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Family tribute to dead cyclist

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Image caption Dr Tourlas was knocked down on a road in West Lothian

The family of a cyclist who was knocked down and killed on a road in West Lothian has paid tribute to the "hard-working professional".

Dr Konstantinos Tourlas, 37, from Edinburgh, was hit by a car on the B9080, near Kirkliston Sports Centre on Saturday.

A family statement said the loss of Dr Tourlas was "immeasurable".

Andrezej Stankiewicz, 42, appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court charged with death by dangerous driving on Monday.

He was also charged with driving while over the legal alcohol limit.

The family statement read: "While Kostas came across as down-to-Earth and saw his achievements as normal, his family knew him as a person who was determined to lead a successful life and were always very proud of him.

"Although originally from Greece, Kostas quickly became a naturalised Scot and eventually adopted dual Greek and British citizenship. He was proud of his Greek roots and equally as proud of his new Scottish roots.

"Over the last couple of years, he had found deep happiness and love with his partner, with whom he could share, in particular, his passion for the outdoors and exploration of Scottish history and culture.

"He was professional, hard-working and dedicated. The loss is immeasurable.

"There are countless people who will miss him. His personality could fill a room and his absence will be felt forever."

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