there was a heartbreaking start to 2012 for one Borders family after a teenager was killed in a car crash in Berwickshire on New Year’s Day.
The 18-year-old, named locally as Scott Johnston from Earlston, but yet to be formally identified, was a passenger in a blue Mitsubishi Evo which left the road and hit a tree near Whiteburn Farm, Westruther, at 7.10pm.
He was pronounced dead at the scene of Sunday’s crash while the 17-year-old driver of the car was taken to Edinburgh Western General with serious head injuries. At the time of going to press he was still in a critical condition.
The road near the junction with the B6456 was closed for nearly five hours while officers carried out inquiries into the single-vehicle accident.
Police are now appealing for information about what happened.
Scott was clearly a popular character in the local community, as within hours of the news of the accident breaking, a number of tributes had been posted on Facebook including one on Earlston Rhymers’ page.
Scott played for the Border Amateur League side and the post read ‘our deepest sympathies are with the friends and families of Scott at this sad time.’
The Rhymers’ match against Lauder on Saturday has been postponed as a mark of respect to Scott and team manager, Lee Manderson said: “He was a cracking lad and it is a sad loss for all his pals and everyone in Earlston.
“Quite a lot of his pals play for us and they are devastated and in no mood to play the game.”
Former Earlston boss Aidan Hume added: “When I signed him he was a hard worker at training and never missed a session.
“Scott had a great attitude to the game and took instructions well. He was a joy to work with and never complained.”