A 17-year-old footballer has died after a horror crash yesterday.
Police were called to a one-vehicle accident on the A915, Standing Stane Road near Kirkcaldy at around 8.45am.
A police statement said: “A 17 year old male was pronounced dead at the scene, another two men aged 17 and 18 have been taken to the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh, both in a critical condition.
“Another 17 year old male has been arrested and is receiving treatment for serious injuries at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.”
It is understood the group were on their way to play for their football team Glenrothes Athletic.
Ethan Kingand was named locally as the victim.
The club released a statement on Sunday evening expressing its sadness for a youngster who clearly had a lot of potential.
“It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of our under 19s player Ethan King, who tragically died in a car accident this morning,” it said.
“Ethan has been a member of the team for many years, progressing through from 7-a-side to our under 19s squad, and was a crucial member of the treble winning team in season 2016/17.
“The thoughts and prayers of everyone at the club are with Ethan’s family at this difficult time.
“RIP Ethan. Teammates forever.”
It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of our under 19s player Ethan King, who tragically died in…
Tributes flooded in on Facebook.
William Crowe said: “I had the pleasure of meeting this young gentleman last season and was always a boy that would chat away and have a wee bit banter and it was also a joy to stand on the sidelines and watch this talented young footballer give his all for the club and his team mates.
“I’ll never forget the goal he scored from halfway line in a cup tie v Rosyth, Actually in tears writing this post.
“RIP Ethan you were great young man and I’m privileged to have had the chance to meet you and watch you grace the gilvenbank pitches with your football ability.”
Ethan’s step-mum Yvonne Lasic posted: “Thank you everyone for your kind words and thoughts. It’s truly a heartbreaking time.”
The road was closed until 3.30pm yesterday as investigators undertook enquiries.
A police statement said: “Anyone who saw a Black Vauxhall Corsa in the area around that time or anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact Police Scotland via 101 quoting incident number 1257 of 11 November 2018.”