Saturday 16 December 2017

Groom's mother tragically killed in car crash on way home from son's wedding

Marie Laurie who died on her way home from her son's wedding
Credit:Facebook/Martin Colquhorn
Marie Laurie who died on her way home from her son's wedding Credit:Facebook/Martin Colquhorn

Sarah-Jane Murphy

A newly married man was devastated to learn that his mother was killed in a car crash on the way home from his wedding.

Martin Colquhorn's uncle delivered the heart breaking news to the young man the morning after he tied the knot.

His mother Marie Laurie was a passenger in a taxi that was hit by a car involved in a high speed chase with police in Scotland.

The Daily Record newspaper report that Colquhoun was inconsolable at hearing of her passing.

Martin Colquhorn and his new brideMichelle
Martin Colquhorn and his new brideMichelle

"In the space of five seconds everything was torn apart. The news was devastating and so surreal. It was hard to believe at first.

“I had been high as a kite from getting married the night before. I went to being almost unable to comprehend what had happened," he said.

Marie's husband Jamie was also in the taxi and he remains in a serious condition in hospital.

Martin had spent his wedding night in the Lochside House Hotel in Cumnock with his new bride Michelle.

"Our guests who had been staying at the hotel overnight couldn’t believe the news, and the atmosphere just went from one extreme to the other.”

He paid tribute to his mum, who he walked down the aisle when she married Jamie six years ago.

“She was a really nice woman, and had loads of friends and family who will miss her a lot.

“My mum just got on with everyone, and didn’t have a bad word to say about anybody.

Police confirmed that the black cab bringing Mary and Jamie home was hit by a Vauxhall Astra, which they had signalled to stop and pursued before the collision at 1.30am.

The 20-year-old driver of the car and his passenger, a 16-year-old girl, suffered minor injuries in the crash, which happened at the traffic lights.

The 50-year-old taxi driver suffered minor injuries.

A 20-year-old man has been reported to the public prosecutor in Scotland in connection with traffic offences.

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