Man named following fatal road traffic collision on A698

Published 22 November 2016

Police Scotland can confirm the name of a 24-year-old man who died following a road traffic collision on A698.

He was Leon Ali of Hawick.

Leon Ali

The incident happened around 9.20pm on Saturday, November 19th, when his silver Ford Focus collided with a black Renault Trafic van near to Knowesouth Steading.

Mr Ali sustained fatal injuries as a result of the collision and sadly died at the scene.

A 46-year-old man and nine-year-old girl, who were within the black Renault Trafic van, sustained minor injuries.  They were taken to Borders General Hospital by the Scottish Ambulance Service for treatment and later released.

In a statement issued through Police Scotland, Mr Ali’s family said, “Leon Braedyn Ali tragically passed away when he was returning from his work on Saturday 19th November.

“Leon was a keen runner and was in training for the New Year's Sprint at Musselburgh Race Course.

“Leon leaves a loving partner Kerry, loving mother Angela, two proud brothers Dylan and Ryan, and also not forgetting his two hairy bairns Theo & Kitty.”

The A698 road was closed for around seven hours for collision investigations.  Enquiries into the full circumstances are ongoing and report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal. 

Officers are urging anyone with information regarding the incident to come forward and contact police.

Police Sergeant Andy Gibb of the Borders’ Road Policing Unit said, “This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with Leon’s family.

“We are still investigating this collision and wish to speak to anyone who may have information. 

“I would urge anyone who may be able to help our enquiries to come forward and contact us as soon as possible.”

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