Family describe man killed by stolen car in Aberdeen as 'one-in-a-million', as police re-appeal for information

Police have put out a second appeal for information following a fatal road crash in Aberdeen.

The incident happened at around 6.25pm on Thursday, December 30, 2021, at the junction of Hilton Drive and Hilton Avenue.

The crash involved a silver Volkswagen Golf – which had been stolen shortly before – and a white Dacia Sandero.

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The 43-year-old male driver of the Dacia Sandero, Gabriel Lungu from Romania, was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, where he later died from his injuries.

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Before officers arrived, the two male occupants of the Volkswagen fled from the scene on foot. Police are carrying out extensive enquiries to trace them.

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Gabriel’s family released a statement through Police Scotland. They said: “Gabriel Lungu, a much loved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, was taken from us. Gabriel was truly one in a million. The most selfless, caring, and kind man you could ever wish to know.

“There was nothing you could ask of him that was too much - he would help in any way he could, no matter what. Regardless of any problems of his own that he might have had, he did his best to ensure everyone around him was happy and cared for.

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Gabriel Lungu, 43, was killed in the crash. His family described him as "the most selfless, caring, and kind man you could ever wish to know".

“His death has left a hole in our family that can never be filled and he will be missed every day.”

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Sergeant Steve Manson, of North East Road Policing Unit, said: “Our thoughts are very much with Mr Lungu’s family at this sad time.

“The vehicle involved had been stolen a short time earlier and our enquires are continuing to establish the circumstances.

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“I urge those who were in the Golf at the time of the incident or anyone who has knowledge of the occupants, to please do the right thing and contact us immediately.

“Similarly, we ask anyone who witnessed the crash or has dash cam footage of the incident or vehicles prior to the collision, to come forward.”

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“Those with information can contact police via 101, quoting reference number 2559 of 30 December. Alternatively, an anonymous report can be made to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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