Fears for children after car kills cat

NILALM110108D1 - Lucy Stevenson who's cat was run over and killed by a driver that failed to stop on Norman street Ilkeston
NILALM110108D1 - Lucy Stevenson who's cat was run over and killed by a driver that failed to stop on Norman street Ilkeston

A COUPLE have said that they will think twice about bringing up a family on a Cotmanhay street after a speeding driver hit and killed their beloved cat and drove away.

Lucy and David Stevenson have been left devastated after their pet Izzy, a grey and white cat, was killed in Norman Street last Tuesday.

New changing rooms at Edisford Playing Fields in Clitheroe. B070111'Photo Ben Parsons

New changing rooms at Edisford Playing Fields in Clitheroe. B070111'Photo Ben Parsons

Neighbours looked on in horror as the blue Vauxhall car raced over the street’s speed humps, hitting the cat at such speed that she was thrown into the air at about 6pm.

The couple are now calling for a reduction in the 30mph speed limit on the street, which is home to families with children and is close to Granby Junior School and Charlotte Infants School.

Lucy, 31, said: “I’m absolutely fuming that they didn’t have the decency to stop – if it had been a child would they have stopped?

“If the car caused that much damage to a cat, it could do the same to a kid.”

She added: “A 30mph speed limit is too fast for a road like this – the speed bumps are there for a reason.

“If there was a slower speed limit it could have saved my cat’s life.”

She said that the street is particularly busy with school traffic and often has cars parked on both sides.

“We want to bring up a family here,” said Lucy.

“But it makes you think twice when something like this happens.”

As well as Izzy, who was nearly three-years-old, financial administrator Lucy and David have three other cats and a dog.

“My neighbour who saw it happen said Izzy was heading across the street to our house,” said Lucy.

“When they told me what had happened I just couldn’t even go out to see, – it was awful.”