Fatal car crash victim named

David Yorkston was driving a Vauxhall Signum. (File Picture: S 400 HYBRID)

A MAN who died after his car careered into a lamppost and then smashed into the wall of a block of flats has been named as David Yorkston.

Fire crews rushed to the scene and tried to save the 38-year-old driver, whose Vauxhall Signum veered off the road in Edinburgh’s Leith area.

Emergency services were called out to the crash in the city’s Salmander Court at around 6.55pm.

Fire crews used a defibrillator in a bid to save the man’s life before paramedics arrived.

But attempts to resuscitate him failed and he was declared dead at the scene.

Mr Yorkston's car hit a lamporst and a block of flats

A fire service spokeswoman said: “On our arrival at the scene we found a male casualty who was unconscious. Fire crews used a defibrillator to try to resuscitate him before the ambulance arrived. Unfortunately he was declared dead at the scene.”

Lothian and Borders Police are investigating the cause of the crash. A spokesman said: “Though it is unclear exactly what happened, it seems a car has left the road, smashed into a lamppost and hit the gable end of a block of flats.”

The road was closed for four and a half hours.

The police spokesman added: “We are currently working to establish the circumstances surrounding this collision, and are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed it to come forward if they have not already done so.”