The accident happened on Friday around 5pm on the A941 Elgin to Craigellachie road just south of Rothes when a black Audi left the road.
It is understood that the passenger who died in the accident was a 37-year-old local man named as Graeme McKenzie – the driver was taken to Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin.
The Audi plunged through a grass bank and came to a halt in a ditch facing the wrong way. Police were quickly at the scene with an onlooker reporting that officers were calling for oxygen while treating one of the passengers.
Fire and Rescue officers released the casualty by cutting off the roof of the vehicle with the injured man taken by RAF Sea King to hospital. At the scene a spokesman for the ambulance service said: “There was on patient with serious injuries taken by rescue helicopter to Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin and one person deceased at the scene.”
Fire crews from Rothes and Aberlour attended the scene. A police spokesman said: “This incident is being treated as serious and there will be an investigation. As far as we are aware at the moment there was only one vehicle involved, however inquiries are still ongoing.”
Local councillor Pearl Paul commented: “The whole community is in shock at this difficult time and my thoughts are with the family.”
Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed the accident should contact them. A man is due to appear in Elgin Sheriff Court today in connection with the incident.