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Carrbridge crash victims named


By Tom Ramage

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Officers are appealing for information following a fatal road crash near Carrbridge on Thursday.

Around 5.40pm police received a report of a one-vehicle crash on the A938 near Carrbridge.

Frank and Julia Spencer earlier this month celebrating their golden wedding.
Frank and Julia Spencer earlier this month celebrating their golden wedding.

Emergency services attended and a 74-year-old man, the driver, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 73-year-old female passenger was taken to Raigmore Hospital.

The deceased has this afternoon been named as Frank Spencer, of Boat of Garten, who for nearly nine years defied doctors' diagnoses of a rare heart disease which left him with "just months to live".

Mr Spencer, in fact, was in 2019 to achieve a heroic feat of driving his mobility scooter to the top of Cairngorm to raise awareness of the killer cardio amyloidosis.

2019: Frank on his scooter, which took him from his front door to the top of Cairngorm to raise funds for the fight against the rare disease he had suffered since 2014. (Picture: Tom Ramage)
2019: Frank on his scooter, which took him from his front door to the top of Cairngorm to raise funds for the fight against the rare disease he had suffered since 2014. (Picture: Tom Ramage)

The Strathy was able to report on Frank and Julia's 50th wedding anniversary celebrations only three weeks ago.

His family has paid tribute to him today:

"Tragically, as a result of events on the 26 May 2022, we sadly lost Frank Spencer, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend.

"Julia was seriously injured but is receiving amazing care at Raigmore hospital.

"The whole family would like to thank the people who were first on scene, for their kindness and compassion.

"Our heartfelt gratitude also goes to the emergency services for their professionalism and empathy, which has helped immensely."

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call Police Scotland via 101, quoting incident number 2596.

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