Tributes to Ethan King after fatal crash near Kirkcaldy
Ethan King (17) is understood to have been on his way to play football with Glenrothes Athletic on Sunday morning when the car was involved in an accident. Two male passengers, aged 17 and 18, in the car were taken to hospital. The 17-year-old is in a critical condition and the 18-year-old is in a stable condition.
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The 17-year-old driver of the car has been arrested in connection with the incident and was taken to hospital in Dundee with serious injuries.
The football club paid tribute to Ethan in a statement, saying: “Ethan has been a member of the team for many years, progressing through from 7-a-side to our under 19s squad, and was a crucial member of the treble winning team in season 2016/17.
“Ethan was a special character – the life and soul of the changing room, and a talented and committed footballer on the park. Always smiling and laughing, even at himself! That smile will be sorely missed around the football club.
“The thoughts and prayers of everyone at the club are with Ethan’s family at this difficult time. The club are very grateful for all the messages of support they have received over the last 24 hours, and all support will be provided to the players, parents, coaching staff and others affected by this tragic incident.”
Kirkcaldy High School head teacher Derek Allan held a special assembly this morning to inform pupils that three of their former schoolmates had been involved in an accident.
KHS released a statement on Twitter, saying: “This is devastating news for us all at Kirkcaldy High. Ethan was a happy, friendly and very popular laddie with a great sense of humour. He had very many friends, who will be heartbroken. Our thoughts are with his family, and with those of Connor and Danny at this time.”
The school made a special quiet space available with counsellors on hand.
Mr Allan said that a smile was never far from Ethan’s lips.
Sergeant Ewan Pearce of Fife Road Police Unit said: “Sadly a 17-year-old has lost his life in this incident and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.
“Our inquiries to establish the events leading up to and surrounding this incident continue. We would urge anyone who may have seen the black Vauxhall Corsa travelling in the area at the time, or who may have information about it, to get in touch.
“Anyone with information can call Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident 1257 of 11 November, or make an anonymous call to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
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