On Sunday 19th February, a three-car collision on the A91 claimed the life of one male and hospitalised one female. The accident took place on Sunday afternoon just outside St Andrews. The vehicles involved were a silver Mini, a black Honda Civic, and a silver Ford Mondeo.
At 3.05 pm, a collision took place between Guardbridge and St Andrews, a quarter of a mile east of the C4 Strathkinness junction. The driver of the silver Mini, Tom Holt, was killed at the scene, while the woman in the passenger seat was taken to Ninewells hospital in Dundee with serious injuries. The driver of the Honda Civic was also taken to hospital, but the injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. Those in the Mondeo were not injured.
Tributes were made to Tom Holt, known and loved in St Andrews through his job at BrewCo. St Andrews Brewing Company posted its commiserations on their Facebook page:
“We are distraught because yesterday, we lost one of our own. Tom Holt, who was known to many friends and customers in the town and across Scotland, was involved in a car crash that claimed his life. His beautiful personality, humanity and love for life will stay with each of us forever. Our thoughts are with his Mum, dad and brother, and his fiancé, Laura, who were expecting to celebrate their marriage later his year.”
Four minutes after the initial hit, ambulances were called, with the first arriving a few minutes after the initial call. The Scottish Ambulance Service had “dispatched three ambulances, a trauma team and an ambulance officer.”
Long delays were reported around the scene of the accident, with diversions made via Kincaple. This also affected public transport in the area, with bus drivers reporting severe delays. The area was closed until 10 pm as paramedics attended to the casualties and police carried out their initial investigations.
The police are currently appealing for witnesses following the fatal road collision. Sergeant Nicola Young of Fife Road Policing Unit sent her condolences to the family of Tom Holt before appealing for further evidence. A Facebook statement by the Fife Police Division called for “anyone who witnessed this incident or saw any of the vehicles prior to the collision is urged to contact the police by calling 101.”