Tayside and Central Scotland

Police name A9 fatal crash victims

Cole Gibson
Image caption Cole Gibson asked about the organ donor register when he was five

A man and a boy who died after a two-car smash on the A9 in Perthshire have been named by police.

Michael Joyce, 31, from Edinburgh, died at the scene of the crash just north of Bankfoot at 19:30 on Friday.

A rear passenger in the car, seven-year-old Cole Gibson from Lochgelly in Fife, died in hospital from his injuries on Sunday.

The car was being driven by the boy's mother Hazel Gibson, who was seriously injured in the collision.

Tayside Police said the 29-year-old was being treated in Ninewells Hospital in Dundee. Her condition is described as stable.

It has also emerged that she is 17 weeks pregnant. Her injuries include a fractured collar bone, back and pelvic bone.

She revealed that her son's organs had been made available for transplant.

'A miracle'

Speaking from hospital, Hazel Gibson said: "Cole decided he wanted to be on the organ donor register when he was five years old, after he picked up a leaflet that came through the letterbox.

"Knowing that Cole's death is helping other children waiting for life-saving transplants is helping me in some way to come to terms with what has happened.

"Given what I've been through it's a miracle I haven't miscarried."

Two women, aged 18 and 19, who were in the other car involved in the collision were taken to hospital with minor injuries, but have since been discharged.

The road was closed for seven hours after the crash while emergency services and crash investigators worked at the scene.

Officers said a full investigation into the incident was continuing and appealed for witnesses to come forward.

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