North-east teenager killed in crash was ‘keen sportsman’ and ‘even better friend’

Mark Smith was killed when he was struck by a car in Alford.
Mark Smith was killed when he was struck by a car in Alford.

A Deeside teenager who died after he was hit by a car while enjoying a night out was a “keen sportsman” and an “even better friend”.

Mark Smith, 18, was struck by a car near Craigievar Community Hall, Alford on Saturday night.

It is understood he had been at an 18th birthday party at the hall before the accident, involving a red Volkswagen Polo, happened at about 10.30pm.

Friends left the venue in tears as news of the tragedy spread.

Last night, tributes flooded in for the former Aboyne Academy pupil, who was a popular member of the Mid Deeside Young Farmers Association.

The group, which is made up of people aged between 14 and 30, said he would “sorely missed” by everyone who knew him.

A spokesman for the club said: “Mark was an active young member, a keen sportsman who was always energetic.

“He was a real asset to have as part of our club and an even better friend. He will be sorely missed by us all.”

Police and the ambulance service were called to scene but Mr Smith, from Torphins, died at the scene.

Officers subsequently shut the A980 Alford to Banchory road for almost eight hours while collision investigators examined the scene.

Last night, councillors representing both Alford and Torphins said the incident was “unimaginably” tragic for Mr Smith and his family and friends.

Councillor Geva Blackett said: “This is just a terrible situation and my heart goes out to his friends and family who must be going through the most unimaginably horrible time.”

Councillor Moira Ingleby added: “I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to the family of the young man, situations like this are always extremely sad.”

Police are now appealing for anyone who witnessed the crash to come forward.

Sergeant Peter Henderson, of the road policing department, said: “Our thoughts are with those involved in this tragic incident, as well as their relatives and friends.

“Inquiries are ongoing and I appeal to anyone who witnessed the collision and has not yet given their details to police to get in touch.

“I also appeal to anyone who may have dash cam or mobile phone footage of the incident to come forward.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.