West Lothian woman left heartbroken after dog run over and killed by young male driver on 'dangerous road'
A woman from Blackburn has made a heartfelt plea to West Lothian Council to install speed bumps on a ‘dangerous road’ in the Bathgate area after her dog was tragically struck and killed on the road on Saturday morning.
The tragic event happened at 10am on Rowan Terrace near the Mill Centre in Blackburn in Bathgate.
Doreen Richardson’s husband David, 63, was walking their 10-year-old Lhasa Apso Kyi on the lead when a red car came ‘flying along the road’ and struck the dog as they were about to cross the road.
“He doesn’t know how it missed him but it hit the dog and the driver didn’t even brake.
"The only good thing is he didn’t suffer,” said 62-year-old Doreen Richardson, devastated by the loss of her dog.
The couple went straight to the vet but sadly their dog had passed away.
Describing her dog as good-natured, friendly, stubborn and loyal, Mrs Richardson said that she has been left heartbroken: “He was our world.
“Our kids are adults and they’ve all got families but he was our wean. I’m absolutely devastated.”
As the secretary for Blackburn Community Council, Mrs Richardson commented that the community has ‘fought with the council for years’ over making Rowan Terrace a safer place for the public.
“We’ve pleaded to get speed bumps but they’ve never given us those.”
Last year, Mrs Richardson’s next door neighbour’s cat was knocked down and killed on the same road.
Mrs Richardson said: “They used to have races at night. We told the police and everything but nothing happened.”
Mrs Richardson described the driver as a young male who was seen on their mobile phone by witnesses.
It is believed he was driving a red car, either a Nissan Note or similar, with either a number 57 or 59 private registration plate.
Mrs Richardson said she is waiting on police confirmation from the CCTV of a red Vauxhall that was seen speeding along at the same time.
A West Lothian Council spokesperson commented that any complaints of this nature are normally investigated.
Police Scotland confirmed that the matter was reported to the police at around 11.50am on Saturday.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Police received a report a dog had been struck by a vehicle on Rowan Terrace, Blackburn.
"The dog died and enquiries are ongoing.”