Tributes to talented mountain bike rider killed on Moray road

Keiran was a talented competitive mountain bike rider
Keiran was a talented competitive mountain bike rider

FRIENDS OF ELGIN teenager Keiran McKandie have taken to social media to pay tributes to the tragic 16-year-old who died after being struck by a car on the B9010 on Sunday.

Keiran is understood to have been riding his bicycle in the company of friends when he was involved in a collision with a Volkswagen Golf on the Kellas to Dallas section of the road close to Craigend.

John Barron from the North Police Division’s road policing unit expressed his sympathy with the Elgin Academy pupil’s family. adding his thanks to those who rendered assistance at the scene of the accident, which happened at around 10.50am on Sunday morning.

The Mountain Bike enthusiast spent much of his time with friends practising the sport in woodland throughout Moray.

Leading the tributes on his Facebook page on Monday was George Kerr, who wrote: “Yesterday we lost one of the most amazing, radest guys I ever knew, we shared so many amazing memories, like in Leogang when we got some rad trains on the go, and our shred in the thunder storm!

“You were the only guy that kept smiling even on the worse of days and always kept your chin up. You where loved by the whole mountain bike community – and your biking was incredible, think we can all agree you where faster then everyone at Gi the weekend before. Ride in peace Keiran.”

Connor Doherty wrote of his friend: “I can’t come round to actually think what happened yesterday is true Keiran. You were a good friend and a great riding buddy, always bringing stoke to the trails.”

Luke Playle added: “We would all give anything to get another chance to ride with you again Keiran – your legend will live on” while Henry Kerr posted: “Absolutely gutted beyond belief – devastated the boy that I have rode with since I first ever started downhill mountain biking with has sadly been taken away from us doing exactly what he loved best.

“Thank you for keeping everyone stoked and all the good times we shared, they will never be forgotten. You have been a great person to ride with and I’m devastated your gone. Thoughts go out to all your relatives.”

Police have reissued their appeal for anyone who may have information on Sunday’s accident to contact them on 101.