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Police seek lorry driver after death of Kieran Currie in A75 crash

Police are still trying to trace a lorry driver who struck and killed a teenager in an early-morning crash.

Kieran Currie, 19, from Newton Stewart, died in hospital after the incident.

He was walking with two friends when he was struck by a eastbound lorry on the A75 near Calgow Farm, a mile east of Newton Stewart, at 02:40 on Saturday.

The vehicle did not stop and has not yet been traced. Police said the driver may not have known that he or she had been involved in a collision.

Efforts to trace the vehicle are continuing.

Shortly after the crash a number of eastbound heavy goods vehicles were traced and checked and villages and lay-bys were patrolled.

'Tragic' circumstances

Mr Currie was taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary for treatment to his injuries, but died later the same day.

Insp Neil Hewitson said: "This is a tragic set of circumstances which has left a young 19-year-old man dead.

"We are appealing to anyone who was using the A75 road in the Newton Stewart area at around 02:40 on Saturday to get in touch with police through 101.

"The lorry which appears to have struck Kieran has yet to be traced, and it may well be that the driver of that vehicle is unaware that he has been in a collision."

He appealed for anyone who was in the area at the time to get in touch.

Police are particularly keen to hear from HGV drivers who were heading east along the road.

They also want to hear from the occupants of a small blue car which stopped at the scene of the crash and offered assistance.

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