The death of a school-leaver in an alleged hit-and-run sent shockwaves through Glasgow.
Aidan Pilkington was struck by a car in Crow Road, in the city’s West End, in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The 18-year-old’s passing sparked a major police investigation and an outpouring of grief from devastated loved ones.
Police have arrested a 19-year-old, who plays for Cetic’s B team, in connection with the incident.
The Daily Record has reported on the tragic developments of this alleged road traffic incident over the past two days.
Here is how the incident panned out.
The alleged hit-and-run
Aidan Pilkinton was struck by a car in Crow Road, Glasgow in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The 18-year-old, who hails from the city, was found injured at the location at around 12.20am.
Emergency crews attended and the school-leaver was raced to Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
Aidan sadly passed away in hospital.
Tributes to ‘treasured’ and ‘well-loved Aidan’
News of Aidan’s death sent shockwaves through Glasgow as bereft mourners laid flowers and notes on Crow Road.
The McDonald’s worker left Hyndland Secondary School in June and was due to move to Dundee to begin his degree at Dundee University.
His family released a statement after their son had been ‘robbed of his life’.
It read: “Aidan was treasured by his family, and well-loved and respected by his friends and community.
“Aidan left Hyndland Secondary School in the summer, and was going to be moving to Dundee next Saturday to attend Dundee University.
“He created a bright future for himself and was really looking forward to these opportunities and challenges.
“It is very cruel that he has been robbed of his life in this way.
“The family would like to thank friends, in particular Aidan’s friends, and the wider community, for their love, support, and kindness.”
Heartbroken friends also paid tribute to Aidan.
Samantha Johnson said: “Loved by many.
“God bless you always.”
And Ewol Ennovy added: “This young lad had his full life ahead of him, he was just about to start university.
“To have his life snuffed out like this is absolutely heartbreaking for everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.
“Rest easy Aidan, sweetheart.
In the wake of Aidan’s death, friends and colleagues at McDonald’s Crow Road launched a fundraiser in his name.
In a matter of days over £10,000 has been raised.
A statement on the page read: “After hearing of the tragic news that one of our valued team members and friend has sadly passed away following a tragic road incident, we wanted to do as much as we can to support his family and everyone who cared about him.
“To do this we are raising money to help support his family with any costs that may come at this tragic time.
“If anyone could donate anything they can no matter how big or small to show your support to his family and loved ones.”
But on Monday, Aidan’s ‘overwhelmed’ family revealed that money raised would be donated to school pupils who require financial help in pursuing further education as a ‘fitting tribute’ to the teen ‘who encouraged fellow classamtes to do their best’.
A statement from the family read: “We, Aidan’s family, are pleasantly surprised and overwhelmed by the kind words and generosity of Aidan’s friends and the wider community.
“The money will be put towards a trust in Aidan’s name to be used by Hyndland Secondary for students who may require financial help to go to college, university or undertake an apprenticeship.
“We believe that this is a fitting tribute to Aidan.
“He was a kind and supportive friend who encouraged his fellow classmates to do their best.”
Hunting the driver
Police launched an urgent appeal to trace the car involved.
Cops urged Scots to look out for a light-coloured motor, possibly a Mercedes A Class, that had likely lost the Mercedes badge from its bonnet.
Sergeant Scott Sutherland said: “This incident has left a young man dead, and it is vital we trace the car involved.
“The vehicle may have some damage, and appears to have lost the Mercedes badge from its bonnet.
“I would appeal directly to the driver of the vehicle involved, asking them to do the right thing and contact us as a matter of urgency.”
On Sunday evening Greater Glasgow Police Division announced that the car had been found.
A 19-year-old man was arrested in connection with Aidan’s death.
He was released pending further investigation.
Sergeant Scott Sutherland said: “The car involved has now been traced, and a 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with this incident.
“He’s been released pending further investigation.
“We would like to thank everyone who has got in touch with us so far regarding the appeal, and urge anyone who has information, but has yet to contact us, to call 101 quoting incident reference number 0120 of Sept 11.”
Arrested teen is Celtic B team player
On Monday the Daily Record reported that a Celtic B Team player has been arrested in connection with the alleged hit and run death of teenager Aidan Pilkington.
The cuffed teen played in their victory over Gala Fairydean Rovers a few days ago.
As of Monday afternoon, his profile was still on the club’s website as part of their reserves squad.
Celtic FC were approached for comment.
You can donate to the fundraiser by visiting the official GoFundMe page.
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