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Sheriff tribute to crash victim Kieran Ramsay

Kieran Ramsay. Pic: Northpix
Image caption Kieran Ramsay died when his van came off a road

A sheriff has expressed his condolences to the family of a "capable and popular young man" killed when he lost control of his van and came off a road.

Kieran Ramsay, 22, from Avoch, died when his vehicle left the B9161 Munlochy to Artafallie road in the Highlands and collided with a tree.

The accident happened at about 0010 GMT in January 2010.

Following a fatal accident inquiry, a sheriff said his death may have been avoided if he had driven more slowly.

In his written determination, Sheriff Alasdair MacFadyen said: "Mr Ramsay was clearly a capable and popular young man.

"His tragic death robs his family and his friends of his company and support.

"I express my condolences to them."

A fatal accident inquiry heard that the final year apprentice mechanic had been driving at about 66mph when the crash happened.

Mr Ramsay was responding to a work call-out at the time.

Sheriff MacFadyen said he was not wearing a seatbelt, but he added that this would not have made any difference in the accident.

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