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Royal Marine and sister killed in sport car crash named

Fatal scene [Pic: Press and Journal]
Image caption Michael Strachan and his sister Maia Strachan died in the accident

A Royal Marine and his sister who died after a sports car crashed in Aberdeenshire have been named.

Captain Michael Strachan RM, 28, from Glasgow, and Doctor Maia Strachan, 26, from Edinburgh, were killed on the B979 Stonehaven to Netherley road.

The accident happened at about three miles from Stonehaven, at about 2010 GMT on Wednesday.

Grampian Police said the dark grey TVR car had travelled from the Arbroath area. No other vehicle was involved.

Captain Strachan was from 45 Commando based near Arbroath.

Major Nick Jepson, of 45 Commando, said: "We are all deeply saddened about this tragic and untimely death and our thoughts and prayers are with the deceased's family."

Grampian Police Insp Ian Kirkwood said the car was "distinctive" and asked anyone who may have seen it on any part of its journey to contact police.

"Tragically two people have died following this collision and any information we receive may help us piece together what happened," he said.

The road was closed for investigations to be carried out.

The two fatalities bring the total number of people killed on Grampian's roads this year to 32.

Another Royal Marine from 45 Commando died in a car crash less than a fortnight ago.

Carl Harrison, from Bromsgrove in Worcestershire, was killed after his car hit a telegraph pole and rolled into a field near the base on 8 November.

The 24-year-old was taken to hospital but died the next day.

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