Motorcyclist who died ‘in crash’ lay undiscovered for nine hours after his mobile phone automatically alerted police
- 21-year-old motorcyclist, Darrel Sturgeon, was pronounced dead at the scene
A motorcyclist who is believed to have died in a crash in Scotland was undiscovered for more than nine hours, according to police.
Officers received an automated message from a mobile phone at 10.18pm on Wednesday that there had been a crash near Straiton, Ayrshire.
The force searched the area, but nothing was found.
At around 7.35am the following day, a red, blue and white Honda motorcycle was found off the B741.
A 21-year-old motorcyclist, Darrel Sturgeon, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say extensive inquiries are under way and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal, although no other vehicles were thought to be involved.
A 21-year-old motorcyclist, Darrel Sturgeon (pictured), was pronounced dead at the scene
At around 7.35am on Thursday, a red, blue and white Honda motorcycle was found off the B741 (pictured)
Inspector Craig Beaver, from Ayrshire road policing unit, asked for anyone with information or who had seen the bike being ridden by Mr Sturgeon in the surrounding area to contact police.
‘Our inquiries into the circumstances of what happened are under way and our thoughts are with Darrel’s family and friends.
‘I would appeal to anyone who may have seen a red, blue and white Honda CBR600F motorcycle in Crosshill, Maybole and Straiton areas.
‘I’m also appealing to anyone who witnessed the crash or who may have dash-cam footage to contact us as soon as possible, as you may have captured something that could assist our investigation.
‘Anyone with information should call Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 4082 of November 8 2023.’
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