Witness appeal after 78-year-old Edinburgh cyclist killed

George Fairley died following collision with Mercedes A Class on Sunday morning

Police Scotland are issued a fresh appeal for witnesses after a 78-year-old man was killed while cycling in Edinburgh on the morning of Sunday 16 February.

George Fairley died following a collision with a Mercedes A Class car as he rode his bike along the B800 road from Kirkliston, the suburb to the west of the city where he lived, to South Queensferry.

Other than the driver of the vehicle, who stopped at the scene and was interviewed by police, no witnesses to the fatal incident have been traced.

PC Douglas Philip of the road policing unit said: "We are renewing our appeal for witnesses to this accident to come forward.

"Mr Fairley was wearing a cycling helmet and high-viz tabard but otherwise was in everyday clothing. He was riding a silver mountain bike at the time.

"Anyone who can assist us with our inquiries is encouraged to contact Police Scotland on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

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