Honiton cat owner calls for driving clampdown

PUBLISHED: 10:02 29 November 2016 | UPDATED: 09:07 12 December 2016

Carolyn D'Alvarez was left devastated after her cat Holly was hit by a vehicle on the road that runs directly opposite the children's play area in Langford Avenue.

A Honiton woman who was left heartbroken after her cat was run over and killed says it could have been a child – and is calling for stricter measures to be imposed.

Carolyn D’Alvarez was left devastated after her cat Holly was hit by a vehicle on the road that runs directly opposite the children’s play area in Langford Avenue.

She called for the police to take a look at the road and install speed prevention methods as she believes children could also be at risk.

But Mat Helm, acting inspector of East Devon, said Langford Avenue is not a road noted for its driving issues.

He added that despite the tragedy of the incident, an incident involving a cat ‘does not justify a speeding campaign’.

Ms D’Alvarez is urging police to consider implementing speed humps, CCTV or a speed monitoring device in the road to crack down on reckless drivers.

She said: “I do not know what the answer is, but I am fearful that could have been a kit getting hit.

“They would have caused massive injuries to a child - that is what gets me angry.”

Holly was discovered by Ms D’Alvarez’s neighbour, who was cat-sitting her and her brother Buddy.

She said “Somebody had hit her at speed, as her head had taken the brunt of the hit.

“It must have been a speed hit.

“My neighbour was not sure how long Holly had been lying in the road - it must have been a matter of minutes because Holly died in her arms minutes later.”

Ms D’Alvarez said the experience had left her neighbour ‘traumatised’.

She added: “How anyone can hit an animal and leave them suffering in the road is beyond me.

“I think the police need to sort the road out.”

Acting Insp Helm said: “We would like to offer our condolences to the lady that has lost her cat.

“However, cats are not notifiable animals under the Road traffic Act so there is no requirement for a driver to report the hitting of one, the same as foxes or badgers.”

“It must also be stressed that the injuries of the cat do not determine the speed of the vehicle, the injuries are determined by where on the vehicle it was hit.

“At this time we will be taking no action.”

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