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Bridge of Gairn learner crash victim Chris Hutchon was about to become a father

Chris Hutchon and wife Kirstine Image copyright Not specified
Image caption Chris Hutchon's widow Kirstine paid tribute

A pedestrian killed when he was hit by a car with a learner driver at the wheel was about to become a father, his widow has said.

Chris Hutchon, 37, has been named as the victim of Sunday's accident at Bridge of Gairn near Ballater.

Wife Kirstine, 36, said: "Chris had everything to live for and we are absolutely devastated by what has happened.

"Chris was due to become a dad in the next few weeks."

A grey Skoda Fabia driven by a supervised learner driver lost control and struck Mr Hutchon.

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Image caption The crash happened on the A93 near Ballater on Sunday morning

His wife added: "We met 10 years ago and we had lived at Bridge of Gairn Farm for the last three years. We were married at the farm in September 2013.

"Chris studied at St Andrews University between 1996 and 2000 and worked as an IT consultant.

"We lived in Falkirk originally but had moved back to Ballater to have our family home where I grew up.

"Chris was a much loved husband, son, brother, uncle and friend to many. He was a good person and would always help others. He had a great zest for life, always pursued his goals and was a very active person."

Sgt Rob Warnock said: "This was a tragic incident which has resulted in a 37-year-old man losing his life. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

"Enquiries are continuing and I am looking to trace a vehicle that may have been on the A93 at the time of the collision travelling in the opposite direction of the Skoda.

"I would ask that if the driver or occupants of the vehicle saw anything or saw the Skoda vehicle prior to the collision, contact Police Scotland."

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