Mother critical after son killed in crash

A Donside mother remains in a critical condition in hospital following a horror car crash in which her 16-month-old son and a pensioner were killed.

Fiona Black, 33, of Alford, was rushed to hospital with her toddler son Callum Bruce following the two-vehicle collision on the A944 Kingswells to Westhill road on Wednesday (November 16), attended by all three emergency services. Tragically, Callum succumbed his injuries shortly afterwards.

It is understood Ms Black underwent surgery last Friday and it is not yet known whether she has been made aware of the death of her only child.

Ms Black’s Honda Civic was in collision with a Volkswagen Tiguan, understood to have been driven by 77-year-old Sandy Cheyne, of Bridge of Don, who later died. His wife, Hilda, is understood to be in a critical condition in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI).

The collision occurred shortly after 3pm on the A944 at Kingswells, near Ardene House vets. It was not known in which direction the cars had been travelling but both came to rest on the westbound carriageway.

Grampian Police closed the road in both directions between the Westhill and Kingswells roundabouts and traffic was diverted.

Inspector Jim Wood said: “Callum Bruce was taken to hospital by paramedics after the collision but unfortunately died of his injuries. His mother remains in a critical condition.

“This is obviously a very distressing time for the family and friends of all of those involved and our thoughts are obviously with them at this time.

“Inquiries into the collision are continuing and officers are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or either of the vehicles involved, to contact police.”

The heartbroken Bruce and Black families issued a statement through Grampian Police, following the crash.

“We, the families, are absolutely devastated by what has happened and are finding it very difficult to come to terms with losing our wonderful little boy.

“In particular, we will treasure the memory of him with his smiling face and his joyful excitement, especially when in the swimming pool.

“Meanwhile all our attention and thoughts continue with the focus on Fiona’s fight for a full recovery.

“We would like to thank everyone for their support and condolences at this time.”

Callum’s father, Martin Bruce, 39, was understood to have flown home from his job in Russia to be at Ms Black’s bedside with other relatives.

Ms Black works at the Alford Bistro in Main Street and members of the community said their thoughts and prayers were with the families involved.

The Rev John Cook, of Alford’s Howe Trinity Church, said it was a very tragic event and the Rev Anne James, of St Andrew’s Episcopal Church said the prayers of the congregation were with them.

Officers investigating the incident are understood to be considering the possibility of a head-on collision. Anyone with information should contact them on 0845 600 5 700 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.