Teenager Dan Rangecroft pleads for drivers to slow down after his pregnant donkey is killed in hit-and-run crash in New Forest

Sooty the donkey

Sooty the donkey

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A TEENAGER has pleaded for drivers to slow down in the New Forest after his pregnant donkey was killed in a hit-and-run crash.

Ten-year-old Sooty was killed by a Land Rover Defender that is thought to have been doing at least 60mph in a 40mph zone.

She ended up about 140ft from the point of impact following the crash, which also killed her unborn foal.

Organisations representing animal owners in the Forest are offering a £1,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the driver.

Sooty suffered horrific injuries in the accident – described as one of the most gruesome seen in the area for years. She was owned by Dan Rangecroft, 14, of Marchwood, who bought her to replace another donkey killed on the roads.

Daily Echo:

Dan Rangecroft and his mother Sarah

Now Dan and his mother Sarah are urging drivers to cut their speed and prevent more carnage. Sarah said: “I was very distressed when I heard what had happened. I can’t believe that the person responsible just drove off and didn’t bother to report it.”

It is one of five hit-and-runs in the Forest this month.

Sarah said: “Sooty was killed outright but many animals survive the initial impact, albeit with serious injuries. Drivers should pick up the phone, not just leave their victims to suffer.”

Fellow animal owner Richard Deacon added: “This was one of the most gruesome scenes I’ve ever witnessed.”

The donkey was killed last Sunday on the B3078 Brook to Godshill road – one of the worst routes in the Forest for livestock collisions.

The crash, being investigated by police, was raised at the Court of Verderers in Lyndhurst and sparked gasps of dismay from people in the public gallery. Clerk to Verderers Sue Westwood said: “This was a particularly nasty accident. The blood and unborn foal found on the road indicate that the victim was hit extremely hard by a vehicle travelling at some speed.

“We know the vehicle was a Land Rover Defender 90 or 110 because we’ve found the vehicle’s badge and bits of trim. The driver hasn’t reported the accident and we’d like to hear from anyone with information that might lead to him or her being identified.”

The £1,000 reward is being offered by the Verderers and Commoners’ Defence Association.

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8:45am Fri 21 Feb 14

country bird says...

That is just extremely sad to hear.
It is really aweful to hear news like this.
I too, experience people driving ridiculously fast all through the New Forest daily and get people overtaking me when I'm doing the 30 or 40 limit, and it makes me sick to the stomache with anger.

You lot out there speeding are an absolute disgrace.
If you want to speed, go on motorway or race track. If you want a short cut, do not go through the forest.

We need to do something quickly as the situation is getting worse.

To the owners of 'Sooty', sorry to hear your aweful news.
That is just extremely sad to hear. It is really aweful to hear news like this. I too, experience people driving ridiculously fast all through the New Forest daily and get people overtaking me when I'm doing the 30 or 40 limit, and it makes me sick to the stomache with anger. You lot out there speeding are an absolute disgrace. If you want to speed, go on motorway or race track. If you want a short cut, do not go through the forest. We need to do something quickly as the situation is getting worse. To the owners of 'Sooty', sorry to hear your aweful news. country bird
  • Score: 22

9:04am Fri 21 Feb 14

Home Rule for England says...

Barriers should be set up on forest roads at key points eg. Beaulieu Road so that it becomes 'Access Only' to stop it being used as a short cut.
Barriers should be set up on forest roads at key points eg. Beaulieu Road so that it becomes 'Access Only' to stop it being used as a short cut. Home Rule for England
  • Score: 6

10:29am Fri 21 Feb 14

*ay*carumba* says...

How sad :o( I guess there is some small consolation that Sooty didn't suffer.

I don't drive in the Forest very often but when I do I am very surprised at the intimidation from other drivers when I slow down for the animals. After all it is their home and they are unpredictable.
How sad :o( I guess there is some small consolation that Sooty didn't suffer. I don't drive in the Forest very often but when I do I am very surprised at the intimidation from other drivers when I slow down for the animals. After all it is their home and they are unpredictable. *ay*carumba*
  • Score: 13

11:22am Fri 21 Feb 14

Ginger_cyclist says...

Yet more evidence showing that it's MOTORISTS, not cyclists who are the REAL problem on the forest roads.
Yet more evidence showing that it's MOTORISTS, not cyclists who are the REAL problem on the forest roads. Ginger_cyclist
  • Score: -16

11:45am Fri 21 Feb 14

From the sidelines says...

Helmets and hi-viz for donkeys!!!

They don't pay road-tax.

Roads not designed for donkeys.


Sorry, I seem to have caught the Daily Echo commentators' lurgy.
Helmets and hi-viz for donkeys!!! They don't pay road-tax. Roads not designed for donkeys. Sorry, I seem to have caught the Daily Echo commentators' lurgy. From the sidelines
  • Score: -23

11:56am Fri 21 Feb 14

Ginger_cyclist says...

From the sidelines wrote:
Helmets and hi-viz for donkeys!!!

They don't pay road-tax.

Roads not designed for donkeys.


Sorry, I seem to have caught the Daily Echo commentators' lurgy.
Had to have a giggle at that.
[quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: Helmets and hi-viz for donkeys!!! They don't pay road-tax. Roads not designed for donkeys. Sorry, I seem to have caught the Daily Echo commentators' lurgy.[/p][/quote]Had to have a giggle at that. Ginger_cyclist
  • Score: -14

12:56pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Micle1974 says...

When police setup cameras, they usualy find that its the locals that are caught speeding!
When police setup cameras, they usualy find that its the locals that are caught speeding! Micle1974
  • Score: 14

1:12pm Fri 21 Feb 14

mickey01 says...

there is no need for these deaths if you are driving at the required speed you have plenty of time to spot an animal near a roadside and slow right down
bloody 4x4 type car again !! the only difference between a 4x4 and a hedgehog is that a hedgehog has the **** on the outside
there is no need for these deaths if you are driving at the required speed you have plenty of time to spot an animal near a roadside and slow right down bloody 4x4 type car again !! the only difference between a 4x4 and a hedgehog is that a hedgehog has the **** on the outside mickey01
  • Score: 5

1:24pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Torchie1 says...

Is there a single problem that can't be solved at arms length by the keyboard warriors?
Is there a single problem that can't be solved at arms length by the keyboard warriors? Torchie1
  • Score: 4

1:31pm Fri 21 Feb 14

country bird says...

what a lot of useless idiots making these comments as usual....torchie, ginger cyclists and from the sidelines.....get a life.
what a lot of useless idiots making these comments as usual....torchie, ginger cyclists and from the sidelines.....get a life. country bird
  • Score: 7

1:53pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Inform Al says...

mickey01 wrote:
there is no need for these deaths if you are driving at the required speed you have plenty of time to spot an animal near a roadside and slow right down
bloody 4x4 type car again !! the only difference between a 4x4 and a hedgehog is that a hedgehog has the **** on the outside
I expect the deleted word is pr1cks.
[quote][p][bold]mickey01[/bold] wrote: there is no need for these deaths if you are driving at the required speed you have plenty of time to spot an animal near a roadside and slow right down bloody 4x4 type car again !! the only difference between a 4x4 and a hedgehog is that a hedgehog has the **** on the outside[/p][/quote]I expect the deleted word is pr1cks. Inform Al
  • Score: 0

2:49pm Fri 21 Feb 14

camerajuan says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
Yet more evidence showing that it's MOTORISTS, not cyclists who are the REAL problem on the forest roads.
Not sure why this comment has received 5 thumbs down to be honest. It's extremely accurate and factual. This story and the one right next to it (Injured lady, put down horse) are further proof.

I hope this driver gets found and he is forced to pay a hefty fine and serve a lengthy ban. Minimum.
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: Yet more evidence showing that it's MOTORISTS, not cyclists who are the REAL problem on the forest roads.[/p][/quote]Not sure why this comment has received 5 thumbs down to be honest. It's extremely accurate and factual. This story and the one right next to it (Injured lady, put down horse) are further proof. I hope this driver gets found and he is forced to pay a hefty fine and serve a lengthy ban. Minimum. camerajuan
  • Score: -5

3:29pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Inform Al says...

camerajuan wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
Yet more evidence showing that it's MOTORISTS, not cyclists who are the REAL problem on the forest roads.
Not sure why this comment has received 5 thumbs down to be honest. It's extremely accurate and factual. This story and the one right next to it (Injured lady, put down horse) are further proof.

I hope this driver gets found and he is forced to pay a hefty fine and serve a lengthy ban. Minimum.
It got my thumbs down because it's totally irrelevant to the story, any cyclist colliding with a donkey would be related, ie an ****
[quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: Yet more evidence showing that it's MOTORISTS, not cyclists who are the REAL problem on the forest roads.[/p][/quote]Not sure why this comment has received 5 thumbs down to be honest. It's extremely accurate and factual. This story and the one right next to it (Injured lady, put down horse) are further proof. I hope this driver gets found and he is forced to pay a hefty fine and serve a lengthy ban. Minimum.[/p][/quote]It got my thumbs down because it's totally irrelevant to the story, any cyclist colliding with a donkey would be related, ie an **** Inform Al
  • Score: 4

3:44pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Inform Al says...

Inform Al wrote:
camerajuan wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
Yet more evidence showing that it's MOTORISTS, not cyclists who are the REAL problem on the forest roads.
Not sure why this comment has received 5 thumbs down to be honest. It's extremely accurate and factual. This story and the one right next to it (Injured lady, put down horse) are further proof.

I hope this driver gets found and he is forced to pay a hefty fine and serve a lengthy ban. Minimum.
It got my thumbs down because it's totally irrelevant to the story, any cyclist colliding with a donkey would be related, ie an ****
Why would 4ss be taken out?
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: Yet more evidence showing that it's MOTORISTS, not cyclists who are the REAL problem on the forest roads.[/p][/quote]Not sure why this comment has received 5 thumbs down to be honest. It's extremely accurate and factual. This story and the one right next to it (Injured lady, put down horse) are further proof. I hope this driver gets found and he is forced to pay a hefty fine and serve a lengthy ban. Minimum.[/p][/quote]It got my thumbs down because it's totally irrelevant to the story, any cyclist colliding with a donkey would be related, ie an ****[/p][/quote]Why would 4ss be taken out? Inform Al
  • Score: 3

3:57pm Fri 21 Feb 14

ToastyTea says...

Awfully sad, and yes I'm sure some idiot driving to fast is to blame, but why do these animals not have reflective collars or something to help a bit.
Awfully sad, and yes I'm sure some idiot driving to fast is to blame, but why do these animals not have reflective collars or something to help a bit. ToastyTea
  • Score: 2

5:35pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Torchie1 says...

camerajuan wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
Yet more evidence showing that it's MOTORISTS, not cyclists who are the REAL problem on the forest roads.
Not sure why this comment has received 5 thumbs down to be honest. It's extremely accurate and factual. This story and the one right next to it (Injured lady, put down horse) are further proof.

I hope this driver gets found and he is forced to pay a hefty fine and serve a lengthy ban. Minimum.
If you want to do accurate and factual shall we universally condemn the cyclist that ran over the toddler crossing the road at Sandbanks and then ran away instead of facing up to what he had done?
[quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: Yet more evidence showing that it's MOTORISTS, not cyclists who are the REAL problem on the forest roads.[/p][/quote]Not sure why this comment has received 5 thumbs down to be honest. It's extremely accurate and factual. This story and the one right next to it (Injured lady, put down horse) are further proof. I hope this driver gets found and he is forced to pay a hefty fine and serve a lengthy ban. Minimum.[/p][/quote]If you want to do accurate and factual shall we universally condemn the cyclist that ran over the toddler crossing the road at Sandbanks and then ran away instead of facing up to what he had done? Torchie1
  • Score: 3

9:49pm Fri 21 Feb 14

daisy.talks says...

SO.... what number do you call if you do hit an animal? and what happened with the reflective neck bands the ponies and donkeys used to wear? such a sad story, but I do hope this lad isn't disheartened and continues to run his animals on the forest
SO.... what number do you call if you do hit an animal? and what happened with the reflective neck bands the ponies and donkeys used to wear? such a sad story, but I do hope this lad isn't disheartened and continues to run his animals on the forest daisy.talks
  • Score: 1

9:52pm Fri 21 Feb 14

*ay*carumba* says...

This link has information on what to do if you hit an animal

http://www.newforest
npa.gov.uk/download/
downloads/id/188/hot
line_card
This link has information on what to do if you hit an animal http://www.newforest npa.gov.uk/download/ downloads/id/188/hot line_card *ay*carumba*
  • Score: 3

11:29pm Fri 21 Feb 14

daisy.talks says...

daisy.talks wrote:
SO.... what number do you call if you do hit an animal? and what happened with the reflective neck bands the ponies and donkeys used to wear? such a sad story, but I do hope this lad isn't disheartened and continues to run his animals on the forest
From The Verderers' Website...
http://www.verderers
.org.uk/education.ht
ml#accidentinfo

Have you seen, or been involved in, an RTA with a Forest animal?: Dial 999.

Do not use email or the web contact form to contact the Verderers in an emergency.
If you are involved in, or witness, a road traffic accident in which a vehicle collides with a pony, cow, donkey, pig or sheep, you must telephone the Police on 999 or the Forestry Commission on 02380 283141 (24 hours) at the earliest opportunity. Even if you think the animal is uninjured, you must report the accident. Animals often appear unhurt but in fact may have serious internal injuries. The Agisters will always do their best to find and check out animals which have been involved in a collision with a vehicle.
Incidents involving deer (which are classed as wild animals) should be also be reported to the Forestry Commission or if unavailable, to the Police.

Motorists are rarely prosecuted for injuring or killing an animal unless they fail to report the accident. Hit and Run accidents are taken extremely seriously and drivers who are subsequently identified, will be prosecuted.
[quote][p][bold]daisy.talks[/bold] wrote: SO.... what number do you call if you do hit an animal? and what happened with the reflective neck bands the ponies and donkeys used to wear? such a sad story, but I do hope this lad isn't disheartened and continues to run his animals on the forest[/p][/quote]From The Verderers' Website... http://www.verderers .org.uk/education.ht ml#accidentinfo Have you seen, or been involved in, an RTA with a Forest animal?: Dial 999. Do not use email or the web contact form to contact the Verderers in an emergency. If you are involved in, or witness, a road traffic accident in which a vehicle collides with a pony, cow, donkey, pig or sheep, you must telephone the Police on 999 or the Forestry Commission on 02380 283141 (24 hours) at the earliest opportunity. Even if you think the animal is uninjured, you must report the accident. Animals often appear unhurt but in fact may have serious internal injuries. The Agisters will always do their best to find and check out animals which have been involved in a collision with a vehicle. Incidents involving deer (which are classed as wild animals) should be also be reported to the Forestry Commission or if unavailable, to the Police. Motorists are rarely prosecuted for injuring or killing an animal unless they fail to report the accident. Hit and Run accidents are taken extremely seriously and drivers who are subsequently identified, will be prosecuted. daisy.talks
  • Score: 2

11:42pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Ginger_cyclist says...

Torchie1 wrote:
camerajuan wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
Yet more evidence showing that it's MOTORISTS, not cyclists who are the REAL problem on the forest roads.
Not sure why this comment has received 5 thumbs down to be honest. It's extremely accurate and factual. This story and the one right next to it (Injured lady, put down horse) are further proof.

I hope this driver gets found and he is forced to pay a hefty fine and serve a lengthy ban. Minimum.
If you want to do accurate and factual shall we universally condemn the cyclist that ran over the toddler crossing the road at Sandbanks and then ran away instead of facing up to what he had done?
And the motorist who did EXACTLY the same thing to David Irving? Both gave themselves up some amount of time later.
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: Yet more evidence showing that it's MOTORISTS, not cyclists who are the REAL problem on the forest roads.[/p][/quote]Not sure why this comment has received 5 thumbs down to be honest. It's extremely accurate and factual. This story and the one right next to it (Injured lady, put down horse) are further proof. I hope this driver gets found and he is forced to pay a hefty fine and serve a lengthy ban. Minimum.[/p][/quote]If you want to do accurate and factual shall we universally condemn the cyclist that ran over the toddler crossing the road at Sandbanks and then ran away instead of facing up to what he had done?[/p][/quote]And the motorist who did EXACTLY the same thing to David Irving? Both gave themselves up some amount of time later. Ginger_cyclist
  • Score: 0

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