Saturday 20 June 2009

Speed kills

A SCOTS brother and sister, Jennifer and Andrew Cathro, have been critically injured in a holiday horror crash that killed two people and left another fighting for life. Police believe the sister lost control of the £80,000 Porsche before it slammed into a Mazda driven by an 83-year-old pensioner from the village of Maria Rain. A 62-year-old passenger in the Mazda died from head injuries at the scene, while a second passenger - the 82-year-old wife of the car's driver - later died in hospital. The Mazda's driver was last night also seriously ill in hospital.

A source said: "This was obviously a horrendous accident. Both cars are extensively damaged and will be written off. "The crash was on a straight section of road but weather conditions were wet and it looks like the Porsche's driver lost control."

Residents have posted claims on the internet that
the road is known locally as a "racing track" and have called for the installation of speed cameras to stop people travelling at more than the 50mph limit.

Oil rig worker Andrew has spoken about his love of fast cars on his Bebo social networking site. He told pals he is happiest on the Nordschleife - a stretch of German road where car makers test the speed capabilities of new motors. Neighbours of Andrew in Musselburgh, East Lothian, said he had owned a string of flash cars, including an MG and a BMW.