Woman receives fine after killing horse in road accident

A driver who admitted to causing the death of a horse after hitting two horses and riders with her car has been fined.

Bryony Donovan, who was driving a Fiat 500 at the time of the accident, admitted one count of driving without due care and attention.

She was fined £265 and received five points on her licence. She was also ordered to pay costs and a victim surcharge. 

The accident occurred when Bryony struck the horses of Laura Thoroughgood and her friend from behind.

Laura and her friend had to be taken to hospital, but Laura’s horse, Angel, sadly had to be put to sleep.

Since the accident, a campaign group has been set up to call for a change in the speed limit on the road in question.

The campaign has been growing in momentum, with group leaders Claire Lilly and Dawn Mander appearing alongside Laura on the BBC Breakfast show last weekend. 

Commenting on the result, Claire said: "The emotional trauma inflicted on Laura is incomprehensible and heart wrenching. Sadly this appears to be a reoccurring theme within the equestrian community, according to the collated statistics by the British Horse Society.

"Obviously consideration needs to be given with sentencing in different circumstances, but I feel a fine of £300.00 and few points on a license is insulting given the fact that Laura has incurred the costs of  euthanasia of Angel in addition to losing her beautiful girl. We expected at the very least a suspension, a re-test and speed awareness course alongside a considerable fine.

"This case highlights further the importance of raising awareness for vulnerable road users, education in this area is long over due."

To find out more and show your support for the campaign, please like the Canewdon Equestrians Facebook page here

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