Off Duty Police Officer Confirmed As Driver Of Vehicle That Hit Young Footballer

Police have been appealing for help to trace the driver of a car believed to have been travelling on the B7076 near Ecclefechan, Dumfries, shortly before a serious road crash occurred in the early hours of Sunday, 22 October, 2023 when a 24-year-old footballer, Dean Watson was walking along the road when he was struck by a black Mitsubishi L200 pick up vehicle.

According to a report issued in the media today “Police Scotland confirmed that the vehicle which struck Mr Watson was being driven by an off-duty serving officer.”

Around 1.30am a 24-year-old man was walking along the road when he was struck by a black Mitsubishi L200 pick up vehicle.

Emergency services attended, and the victim was taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary before being transferred to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

He remains in hospital where medical staff describe his condition as critical but stable.

Investigators have stated – From extensive enquiries carried out so far, a small light-coloured car, possibly white in colour, is understood to have been travelling south on the B7076 just before the collision took place.

Sergeant Colin Ramage from Road Policing said: “There is no suggestion that the vehicle we are trying to trace was involved in the crash, however we believe the driver may have information which could assist with our investigation.
“I am appealing directly to the driver of the light-coloured car which was travelling south on the B7076 in the minutes before the victim was struck around 1.30am to please come forward.
“Even if you think you have no information of significance, it is still crucial that we speak to you, as even the slightest detail could be important.
“Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 0290 of Sunday, 22 October, 2023.”