Gor­geous Flash left for dead

Hit-and-run driver fails to stop af­ter hit­ting fam­ily pet

East Kilbride News - - FRONT PAGE - FRASER WILSON

A heart­bro­ken mother has told how she was left to con­sole her seven-yearold son af­ter the fam­ily dog was killed by a hi­tand-run driver.

Now Ashly McEwan has urged the driver of the van that struck her five-year-old pooch to give him­self up.

Poo­dle/sch­nauzer cross, Flash, was struck by the white van just be­fore 6pm on Mon­day night – but the driver failed to stop.

Ashly, from Green­hills, told how she and boyfriend Ryan tried in vain to save the much-loved dog, but it had been too badly in­jured.

The 26-year-old told the News: “It was re­ally windy and the gate had blown open.

“I saw the dog run out and went af­ter it, but then all I heard was this thud – it was like three big bumps, and I saw him un­der the wheels of the van.

“But the driver never stopped, he just drove on. Ryan chased af­ter him, shout­ing, but he just drove on.”

Brave Flash made one fi­nal last-ditch dash for safety, run­ning home to the fam­ily flat on adren­a­line.

When he got there, Ryan picked him up, but the pet died in his arms.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened around 5.50pm on Cedar Street and has left seven-year-old Stu­art Robin­son, Ashly’s son, strug­gling to com­pre­hend what has hap­pened.

She added: “We’re not an­gry at the driver for hit­ting the dog – these things hap­pen un­for­tu­nately.

“But we’re re­ally an­gry that he didn’t stop, es­pe­cially when Ryan chased af­ter him. He must have known he had hit some­thing.”

Ashly said the van was white, with black and or­ange stick­ers over the rear-door win­dows.

She thought it was a Vaux­hall and has re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice.

“Stu­art is pretty dis­traught to be hon­est,” Ashly added. “I’m not sure he re­ally com­pre­hends what’s go­ing on.”

Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion should con­tact po­lice on 101. In­for­ma­tion can be left anony­mously via Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

Best friends Stu­art with his beloved furry pal Flash who was killed in a hit-and-run

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