16-Year-Old Killed in Fatal Road Crash Near Alness

A 16-year-old has died following a fatal road crash on the B9176, known locally as Struie Road, Fyrish

Around 9:35pm on Saturday, 27 March, 2021, a blue Audi RS4 was travelling west on the B817, the car has then turned right onto the B9176 when it appears to have lost control and hit a wall at the junction of Fyrish Substation. 

Emergency services attended and a 16-year-old male was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 39-year-old man, who was the driver of the car, remains in hospital, along with a 15-year-old girl who was a rear seat passenger. 

She is in a critical condition. 

A 22-year-old woman, who was a front seat passenger was also taken to hospital but has since been released.

An investigation is under way to establish the full circumstances of the incident and the road was closed for several hours as collision investigators examined the scene.

The identity of the 16-year-old who died is Craig Melville, 16, from Alness.

Sergeant David Miller said: 

“We are appealing to any other road users who were in the area around the time of the incident to contact us, did you see blue Audi, did you pass it on the road?

“Any small piece of information could be vital in our enquiries. 

“In particular, we would ask motorists with dash cams to check their footage as they could have captured an image which could assist us.”

Craig’s family are devastated following their tragic loss and have released the following statement:

“Craig was a loving son, grandson, boyfriend, nephew, cousin and friend, much loved and is dearly missed.

“The family now wish their privacy respected at this difficult time.”

Sergeant David Miller added:

“Our thoughts very much remain with Craig’s family and friends at this time and our investigation into the circumstances around the crash are continuing.

“We continue to appeal to any other road users who were in the area around the time of the incident to please come forward.

“In particular, we would ask any motorists with dash cams to check their footage, as they could have captured an image which could assist us.

“Any small piece of information could prove vital to our enquiries.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 4030 of 27 March, 2021.