Tributes to 'amazing' Marine and sister killed in crash

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image captionMichael Strachan and his sister Maia died in the crash

Tribute has been paid to a newlywed Royal Marine and his engaged sister killed in a sports car crash.

Captain Michael Strachan, 28, from 45 Commando near Arbroath, and Doctor Maia Strachan, 26, died on the B979 in Aberdeenshire on Wednesday night.

The Royal Marine married two weeks ago, and his sister was due to get married in February having just got engaged.

Relatives said in a statement: "Miai and Mike were the most amazing brother and sister."

The Royal Marine lived in Glasgow and his sister lived in Edinburgh.

Parents, Abi and Roddy Strachan, Michael Strachan's wife Kirsty, Maia Strachan's fiance Alex, their sister Kirsty and other relatives were said to be "completely devastated and finding their loss dreadfully hard to endure".

The family statement said: "Maia was proud to be Dr Maia Strachan, a marine biologist, who loved and was highly regarded in her field.

"Both Michael and Maia lived for their partners and their families.

"Michael - Mike to his wife and friends - married Kirsty, whom he adored, on 6 November. Although they were only married for 11 days before this tragedy, they had the most amazing and loving relationship.

"Maia had just proudly announced that she was to marry Alex Pithie, her boyfriend of nine years, on 12 February.

"She was planning her wedding and her younger sister, Kirsty Moray, was to be her chief bridesmaid."

The Royal Marine's wife Kirsty said: "He was an irreplaceable big lump who made me feel like the most loved woman in the world."

Commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Oliver Lee said: "He was an outstanding officer.

"He will be remembered for his inspirational leadership and strong charismatic approach."

image captionKirsty and Michael Strachan were married two weeks ago

He added: "We are all deeply saddened about the tragic and untimely death of Captain Michael Strachan.

"He was quite literally larger than life. He will be sorely missed and never forgotten. The thoughts and prayers of all at 45 Commando are with Captain Strachan and his family."

The accident happened about three miles from Stonehaven, at about 2010 GMT on Wednesday.

Police said the dark grey TVR car had travelled from the Arbroath area. No other vehicle was involved.

Grampian Police Insp Ian Kirkwood said the car was "distinctive" and asked anyone who may have seen it on any part of its journey to contact police.

The two fatalities brought the total number of people killed on Grampian's roads this year to 32.

Another Royal Marine from 45 Commando died in a car crash less than a fortnight ago.

Carl Harrison, from Bromsgrove in Worcestershire, was killed after his car hit a telegraph pole and rolled into a field near the base on 8 November.

The 24-year-old was taken to hospital but died the next day.

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