News, Culture & Society

Man, 30, fought in vain to save his fiancée, 26, after racing to crash

Truck driver Michael Friel, pictured outside court, admitted killing Meghan

A man ran to help at the scene of a car crash before finding his wife-to-be had been killed in the accident. 

Scot Brading, 30, was walking his dog in a field beside the A1 in Scotland when he ran to give assistance at the scene of a collision. 

But as he arrived, he realised his 26-year-old fiancée Meghan Ambrozevich-Blair had been involved in the accident. 

Truck driver Michael Friel admitted killing Meghan in a head-on collision after driving along the dual carriageway the wrong way.  

Friel kept driving on the A1 Edinburgh to Newcastle trunk road as other drivers swerved to avoid him and flashed their headlights before smashing into Meghan’s car. 

Friel, 57, pleaded guilty to causing death by driving dangerously on December 9, 2016, near Dunbar, East Lothian, after performing a three-point turn and driving the wrong way in the face of oncoming traffic. 

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that Miss Ambrozevich-Blair was posthumously awarded a first-class honours degree in veterinary nursing from Edinburgh Napier University. 

The young couple had recently shared the news with friends that they were set to marry, and had been excitedly planning their life together. 

Meghan shared the happy news just a year before she died, telling friends and family she was ‘over the moon’.  

Veterinary nurse Meghan Ambrozevich-Blair, pictured with dog Milo, died in the crash on the A1

Veterinary nurse Meghan Ambrozevich-Blair, pictured with dog Milo, died in the crash on the A1

Mr Brading found Meghan at the scene of the crash. Meghan posted these photos on her Facebook in May 2015 after Scot proposed to her, writing: 'My proposal was perfect. Thank you so much Scot Brading! I’m over the MOON to be your fiancée!'

Mr Brading found Meghan at the scene of the crash. Meghan posted these photos on her Facebook in May 2015 after Scot proposed to her, writing: ‘My proposal was perfect. Thank you so much Scot Brading! I’m over the MOON to be your fiancée!’

Lord Arthurson deferred sentence on Friel, of Macmerry, East Lothian, for background reports. 

He said: ‘A substantial custodial sentence remains at the forefront of the court’s mind.’

Miss Ambrozevich-Blair’s family said in a statement that their ‘world fell apart when our beautiful Meghan was taken from us’.

They added: ‘Meghan was talented, caring and loving in every way. She loved life and had it all in front of her.

‘We lost an incredible daughter and sister, and her fiancé lost his soulmate and the family they planned to have.

‘The suffering we have endured over the last two years since that day has been horrendous. 

‘We never thought it was possible to be in so much pain and still be alive.’

They added: ‘We have faith that whatever punishment the court decides to impose will reflect the severity of this crime.’

Advocate depute Alex Prentice, QC, told the court the student had left her home in Dunbar, to drive to her part-time job at a veterinary surgery near Edinburgh.

Friel had also set off from Dunbar in the Ford Transit tipper, heading for Little Spott, East Lothian.

The young couple had been looking forward to getting married and planning their life together

The young couple had been looking forward to getting married and planning their life together

Meghan, a young student veterinary nurse, posted this heartfelt tribute to Scot when he asked her to become his wife 

Meghan, a young student veterinary nurse, posted this heartfelt tribute to Scot when he asked her to become his wife 

Mr Prentice said: ‘He joined the A1 southbound and had almost reached Torness nuclear power station before realising he was travelling in the wrong direction for his destination.’ 

Friel stopped and called his brother, who he worked for, and was told to return north to the Spott roundabout and wait for him at a supermarket.

Friel missed the turn at the roundabout and continued north on the A1 before realising that he had made a mistake. He then pulled up and made a three-point turn.

Mr Prentice said: ‘The accused drove in a southerly direction in the northbound carriageway. He encountered a number of vehicles travelling north at speed.

‘The drivers in five vehicles had to take immediate action by swerving and flashing headlights to avoid colliding with the accused’s vehicle.

‘Two other drivers saw the accused’s vehicle and flashed headlights to alert him to their presence.

‘Two drivers noticed the accused appeared to be oblivious to the danger presented and that he was staring straight ahead while driving.’

Miss Ambrozevich-Blair, pictured with her fiance, was not travelling at excessive speed before the crash

Miss Ambrozevich-Blair, pictured with her fiance, was not travelling at excessive speed before the crash

Mr Prentice added that Miss Ambrozevich-Blair was not travelling at excessive speed before the crash.

The prosecutor said a number of people stopped and tried to help after the collision, including an off-duty doctor. 

They could see that the student was trapped in her Kia Cerato and appeared unresponsive.

An off-duty doctor started performing CPR on her and Mr Brading went to help the medic.

He also called her parents and they went to the scene.

A firefighter spoke to Friel who asked her: ‘When did this become a one way?’ She said he was on the ‘motorway’ and that it had always been one way. Friel replied: ‘It used to be two way.’

A breath test on Friel proved negative and he was taken to hospital for treatment to fractures. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


Comments are closed.