Police told wrong family their teenage son was killed in car crash blunder

Scottish police have apologised for telling the wrong family their son had been killed in a car crash.

Dylan Irvine, 19, died at the scene of the tragedy on the A90 near Crimond, Aberdeenshire, at around 7:30am on Monday morning.

However due to an unfortunate mix-up, his 18-year-old friend who had been critically injured was wrongly identified as the fatality.

Officers then informed the unnamed teen's family that he had died. Upon realising their mistake they corrected the error, about which the family was "understanding".

Ch Insp Neil Lumsden said incorrect information had been given to police at the scene.

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"Officers at the scene of a crash use every avenue available to help identify those involved as quickly and accurately as possible," he said.

"On this occasion, officers were faced with a confused scene including incorrect information provided by a witness.

"Once identified, the error was promptly corrected and the families of those involved were spoken to and were understanding of the circumstances."

A review of the incident is reportedly under way.

Dylan, from Peterhead, was pronounced dead after the red Ford Fiesta he was in ended up in a ditch near Crimond.

In a statement released through Police Scotland, his grieving family said: "Dylan was a loving son, brother and grandson, and was loved by all that had the pleasure of knowing him.

"He is sorely missed by all. He had an adventurous and outgoing soul and had the biggest heart.

"Our family would like to thank all of the emergency services for their efforts at the scene and we would ask that our family's privacy is respected at this difficult time."

Sergeant Chris Smith, of the North Road Policing Unit, said: "We are continuing to support the families of the two men, while we continue our investigations into the cause of the crash.

"I would again ask that anyone who has any information regarding the movements of the vehicle or the occupants, who hasn't already been spoken to by Police, please contact us on 101, quoting incident number 0491 of Monday, 5 October 2020."

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