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Driver dies after West Lothian Christmas Eve crash

Louis Kefferty
Image caption Louis Kefferty died after his Vauxhall Astra came off the A705 in West Lothian

A 20-year-old driver has died and his girlfriend is in a serious condition in hospital after crashing into a tree in West Lothian, police said.

Louis Kefferty was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary following the crash, on Tuesday, but died late the same day.

His Vauxhall Astra came off the A705, near Seafield, at about 11:05.

His 18-year-old girlfriend Lauren White, a passenger in the car, was likely to be in hospital "for some time", said police.

Ms White was said to have suffered "serious but non life-threatening injuries".

Writing on social networking site Facebook, she said her boyfriend had saved her life.

"Yesterday, I lost the most precious person in my life, he has been there for me no matter what and it has left a hole in my heart that will never mend," wrote Ms White.

Police Scotland Sgt Brian Jones, said: "This tragic collision appears to have involved only one car.

"However, I am appealing to anyone who saw the collision or was driving on this road around this time and has any information which can assist us to call Police Scotland on 101, or provide the information through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

Mr Kefferty's car was heading west when the incident happened about half-a-mile east of Seafield, at Cousland Farm.

The road was closed for five hours while police officers examined the scene.

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