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UPDATE: Car tragedy victims named

By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
UPDATE: Car tragedy victims named

TWO people have died after a road crash on the A710 near Dumfries on Thursday evening.

FAMILY TRIBUTE . . . Courtney Cowan


They were named by Police Scotland on Saturday as 25-year-old Lee Pickthall and Courtney Cowan, aged 19, who are both understood to live in the Dumfries area.

Courtney’s family issued the following statement: “We are devastated by the loss of our beautiful Courtney.  She was a popular, lively young woman with a bright future ahead of her.  Everyone loved her and our lives will never be the same again as we try to come to terms with her loss.

“We are overwhelmed by the messages of concern and condolences we have received at this sad time and we would like to thank everyone who has been in touch.”

The two occupants of the car were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

A Police Scotland statement said: “Around 11 pm, an Audi A6 was travelling on the A710 towards Dumfries when it appears the vehicle lost control, near to Laneside Cottage, and left the road.”

Emergency services attended the scene, and the road was closed for several hours as crash scene investigators conducted enquiries.

Officers from Road Policing are appealing for any information and appealing to any motorists who may have been on that stretch of road around 11 pm on Thursday to contact them at Dumfries Police Office on the non-emergency 101 number.


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