Community in shock over young man’s tragic fate
Gordon Stirling, a 23-year-old bus driver from Crosshouse, Ayrshire, died five days after a collision with a transit van on the A719 on Monday, August 14. Police are now treating his death as murder and have launched an investigation.
The incident happened around 5.30pm, when Gordon was driving a Stagecoach bus and was hit by a white transit van. He was taken to hospital with serious injuries, but could not survive. The 42-year-old driver of the van was also injured and taken to hospital.
Gordon’s neighbours and friends have expressed their shock and sadness over his sudden passing. They described him as a quiet and friendly young man who loved his job and was a fan of Kilmarnock FC.
Police appeal for witnesses and information
Detective Inspector Martin Fergus, of Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team, said: “We are treating Gordon’s death as murder and are following a number of lines of enquiry to establish the full circumstances of what happened.”
He added: “We are keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision or who may have seen either vehicle prior to the incident. We are also appealing for anyone who may have dashcam footage or any other information that could assist our investigation to get in touch with us as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 2693 of 14 August, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Stagecoach express their condolences and support
Stagecoach West Scotland, the company that employed Gordon, issued a statement saying: “We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of our colleague Gordon Stirling. Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”
The statement continued: “We are providing support to our staff and working closely with the police and the relevant authorities to assist with their investigation.”
Stagecoach also confirmed that the bus involved in the collision was not carrying any passengers at the time of the incident.
A tribute to a young life cut short
Gordon Stirling was a beloved son, brother, and friend who had a bright future ahead of him. He had recently started working as a bus driver and enjoyed his job. He was also a passionate supporter of Kilmarnock FC and often attended their matches with his dad Charles.
One of his neighbours, who had known him for over 20 years, said: “He was such a nice lad, always polite and helpful. He had a great sense of humour and a big smile. He was very close to his family and loved his dog. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.”
Another neighbour said: “He was a quiet and gentle person who never caused any trouble. He was always friendly and respectful to everyone. He was a keen football fan and a loyal Killie supporter. He was a good lad who didn’t deserve this.”
Gordon’s family and friends are now mourning his loss and hoping for justice. They have set up a fundraising page to help with his funeral costs and to support his loved ones. The page has already raised over £2,000 and has received many messages of condolence and tribute.