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Tragic Irishman killed in horror Scotland road crash had just become proud grandfather

The much-loved Ayrshire council gardener, who was step-dad to three girls, was driving home from work when he was involved in the three-vehicle collision

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Adam Smith (Image: SUBMITTED/ AYRSHIRE POST)

Adam Smith (Image: SUBMITTED/ AYRSHIRE POST)

Adam Smith (Image: SUBMITTED/ AYRSHIRE POST)

An Irishman who was killed in a horror smash on the A713 motorway near the village of Patna in Scotland last month had become a proud grandfather just weeks before the crash, it has emerged.

Adam Smith tragically died at the scene of the incident alongside another victim on Thursday, July 22.

The much-loved Ayrshire council gardener, who was step-dad to three girls, was driving home from work when he was involved in the three-vehicle collision which left two dead and four in hospital.

Adam (35) who was from nearby Bellsbank, Dalmellington but was originally from Ireland, died on a road he drove at least twice a day.

His partner of 16 years, Margaret Miller told how she had to get a lift from Patna to Bellsbank due to the crash without knowing Adam had been involved.

“I was coming home from work at the time. I got told from the bus driver there was an accident in Waterside and I’d have to get off the bus in Patna,” Margaret told Ayrshire Live

“A man I didn’t know gave me a lift from Patna and to Bellsbank. I was trying to get a hold of Adam. I had called a few times, I even phoned my two daughters – one in Ayr and one in Cumnock – in case he might have taken a detour

“When the police turned up at the door it was about half past eight

“I told them to tell me they were lying to me, I didn’t want it to be true. It still hasn’t really sunk in

“He was only just driving home from work – he must have driven that road at least two or three times a day.

“It was my worst nightmare coming true. You just never think it is going to happen to you.

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Adam met Margaret 16 years ago and the couple settled in Bellsbank.

“He just recently became a papa. It was a really proud moment for him. He’s been amazing with all three of my kids. He loved his family – he was there for all of them if they needed him."

Since Adam’s tragic death, tributes have flooded in for him from the community.

Margaret added: “Everyone’s really pulled together – his close friends from Ayr have been amazing coming to check up on me. "

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