Driver who killed dog in Colne urged to step forward

HEARTBROKEN: Rachel and Stephen Boothman with Benson, who was killed when a van collided with his head, and their other dog Hector (S)
HEARTBROKEN: Rachel and Stephen Boothman with Benson, who was killed when a van collided with his head, and their other dog Hector (S)

A heartbroken family whose dog was killed on a popular country road are urging the driver responsible to step forward and apologise.

Stephen Boothman (60), who runs Blakey Hall Farm in Colne with his wife Rachel, was taking his two dogs on a walk in Red Lane when his Jack Russell Benson (6) suffered a fatal blow to his head.

The bed and breakfast owner was close to the canal bridge when he saw a small white van coming towards him.

He immediately jumped as far back as he could to avoid a collision, but when he next looked down he saw that his beloved Benson was lifeless.

In his state of shock, he was unable to take note of a registration number, but now his family and friends are pleading with the driver to own up and help Mr Boothman get the closure he deserves. They are also asking any witnesses in the area at the time to speak out. The heartbreaking incident took place at around 9-20am on Friday.

Mr Boothman’s daughter Lucy (25), who has recently moved to Barnoldswick, said: “If the driver had stopped I think we would have understood and it would have been easier, but it is the fact the driver has not stopped - what if that was a pram, or if it had been a few feet further up the road?

“Dad is in shock because it nearly hit him - he only has a short account of what happened because it all happened so quickly. We think the guy was messing in his glove compartment when he came flying over the bridge.

“I have taken a picture of where it happened, and Benson was behind the white line. He wasn’t in the road.”

Since Benson’s death, Mr and Mrs Boothman have been left in complete shock, but have been well supported by their guests, friends and relatives.

PC Nigel Keates, from Colne and West Craven Police, said: “We would appeal for the driver to come forward to at least look a little more human and to apologise to members of the family.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101.