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Heartbroken loved ones say cyclist who died in crash with lorry ‘lived life to the full’

Rikki Gault died following the incident on Low Street in Banff.
Rikki Gault died following the incident on Low Street in Banff.

The family of a 30-year-old cyclist who died following a crash with a lorry in an Aberdeenshire town has said he “lived life to the full”.

Rikki Gault was cycling in Banff on Friday afternoon when he came into collision with a truck on Low Street and suffered serious head injuries.

He was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, where he later died.

Police last night released a statement on behalf of Mr Gault’s family, who said they wished it to be known that “Rikki lived life to the full and will be sorely missed”.

A report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

Low Street was closed for around eight hours to allow for collision experts to carry out investigations in the aftermath of the crash.

Banff and District councillor Glen Reynolds was among those to pay his respects.

Mr Reynolds said: “First and foremost my thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Rikki at this terrible and difficult time.

“My sympathy goes beyond that to everyone that has been impacted by this terrible accident and I would not wish to comment further out of sympathy.”

Many took to social media to pay tribute to the 30-year-old.

Kathleen Stuart said: “Condolences to Rikki’s family. He was a lovely lad.”

Michelle Laird posted a message on Mr Gault’s Facebook page which stated: “Rest easy sunshine, another taken far too soon.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or saw either the lorry or Mr Gault prior to the crash is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident 2066 of August 7, 2020.

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