Police will leave ‘no stone unturned’ in finding cause of fatal accident

Gordon McDonald - questions over cause of B9106 fatal accident.
Gordon McDonald – questions over cause of B9106 fatal accident.

A SENIOR POLICE OFFICER has pledged to leave ‘no stone unturned’ in seeking out the cause of an accident that caused the death of a Moray 14-year-old.

Neringa Nurusyte died after the car in which she was a passenger collided with another on the notorious B9106 Keith to Buckie road.

Earlier this year there was controversy over planned improvements to the road. During a budget debate Buckie councillor Gordon McDonald argued successfully that £42,000 should be retained in the capital funding plan to cover preliminary studies into the road.

However, because two councillors were “not fully aware” of what that vote had entailed, the matter was brought back in May and the funding was refused.

At Thursday’s meeting of the police and fire and rescue services committee, Councillor McDonald as police chiefs if they would be able to determine if the road was a factor in the crash that killed Neringa Nurusyte.

In reply Chief Superintendent Campbell Thomson said that Police Scotland would leave no stone unturned as they sought to establish a cause, adding: “Every crash like this has a significant investigation before a report goes to the procurator fiscal.

“A significant amount of resources have been put into this and the findings will be presented to the bodies that need to know that information.”

Councillor McDonald later commented that it was not for him to say if the road was an issue in the tragedy – but pointed out its history was such that there was a need to know: “Its reputation is known and that is why we are looking at trying to improve it.”

There have been seven accidents on the B9106 over the last three years – two of which have been fatal.