'This was a terribly sad incident which has left a man dead and a number of witnesses greatly affected'

Published: 7 Aug 2012 09:300 comments

POLICE are appealing for help identifying a cyclist involved in a fatal road collision in the Borders.

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POLICE have appealed for help to identify a cyclist killed in a road smash in the Borders.

The man, believed to be aged between 40 and 50-years-old, was travelling north on the A703 road just north of Peebles when he was involved in a head-on collision with a Fiat Panda, travelling in the opposite direction.

It is believed he may have become unwell, lost control of the bicycle and veered onto the southbound carriageway moments before the tragedy on Monday, August 6, around 4.20pm.

Witnesses administered first aid until emergency services arrived, however he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The road was closed for around three and a half hours while collision investigation and vehicle recovery took place.

Sergeant Brian Jones from Lothian and Borders Police Road Policing Branch, said: "This was a terribly sad incident which has left a man dead and a number of witnesses greatly affected.

"There may be someone out there who recognises the description of this cyclist and I would appeal to them to come forward as a matter of urgency.

"Similarly I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward - they may have vital information that could greatly assist us in establishing the full circumstances."

The cyclist, who was wearing a yellow jacket, blue and yellow cycle top, and black cycling shorts, was riding a blue and white Peugeot racing bike.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Galashiels Police Station on 01896 664545 or the Force Communication Centre on 0131 311 3131.

UPDATED

POLICE have confirmed they have identified the cyclist who was killed in a collision with a vehicle on the A703 Edinburgh to Peebles road at around 4.20pm on Monday. His identity will be released to the media once next of kin are informed. Officers would like to thank the media and members of the public for their assistance.

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