A father whose son died after crashing off a motorway and lay undiscovered for days still has nightmares about the incident, an inquiry has heard.
Lamara Bell, 25, and John Yuill, 28, died after the car they were in left the M9 near Stirling on July 5, 2015. They lay in their Renault Clio for three days before being discovered, despite police previously being alerted to the incident.
Gordon Yuill said that while he knows his son John died quickly, he was denied “dignity in death” and he believes Ms Bell could have been saved if she had been found sooner.Mr Yuill told a fatal accident inquiry (FAI) into the deaths that he feared his son may have been in a road accident when he and Ms Bell did not return from a camping trip to Loch Earn.The others who had been on the trip came to his house at around 4pm on Sunday July 5 to ask if he had seen John as, when they woke, Mr Yuill, Ms Bell and the car they had travelled in were gone.The FAI, taking place at Falkirk Sheriff Court, heard Mr Yuill also thought it possible his son may have been taken into custody as there was a warrant out for his arrest for a non-appearance at court on a relatively minor matter.Mr Yuill, 59, phoned police at around 4.40 pm on Sunday July 5 to ask whether his son was in custody but was told there was no record of him.The inquiry also heard a recording of a call Mr Yuill made to police at 9.30pm to ask again if his son had been arrested.
At that point, the call handler said she would start a missing person report and took details.She asked Mr Yuill if it was in character for his son to go missing.He replied: “No, it’s totally out of character.Read more on dailyrecord.co.uk
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