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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."

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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