Falkirk dad-to-be dies after he’s hit by learner driver

Tragic Chris with his wife Kirstine
Tragic Chris with his wife Kirstine

A former Falkirk man who was due to become a father for the first time has been killed after being struck by a learner driver.

Christopher Hutchon (37) died near Ballater, Aberdeenshire, on Sunday after the learner’s car skidded out of control in snowy conditions on the A93.

Chris (37) and wife Kirstine (36), who are believed to have lived in Avonbridge in recent years, moved north in 2011 and set up a riding school there last year.

On Monday, his widow described him as someone with a “zest for life” who was loved by many.

She said: “Chris had everything to live for and we are absolutely devastated by what has happened.

“We met ten years ago and we had lived at Bridge of Gairn Farm for the last three years.

“We lived in Falkirk originally but had moved back to Ballater to have our family home where I grew up.

“Chris was a good person and would always help others. He had a zest for life, always pursued his goals and was a very active person.”

Chris was a graduate of the University of St Andrews, and worked as an IT consultant. He was a keen traveller and snowboarder.