Funeral Carriage Horse killed by car driver... aibu?

(232 Posts)
AdriftOnMemoryBliss Fri 26-Feb-16 16:13:17

To think the stupid woman should have the fucking book thrown at her?

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-35653240

this second article covers it a bit better and has photos, but they've been edited/blurred. they're not graphic, but a couple do show the horse laying in the road as they were taken before it was removed from the scene.

www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/horrific-aftermath-accident-saw-car-10953991

From what i can gather, the driver overtook the funeral procession and then pulled in hitting the horse so hard it went over the top of its harness mate, and she also smashed the front of the hearse.

The horse had to be put down at the scene.

What on earth is the matter with people that they would so something like this?

cungryhow Fri 26-Feb-16 16:29:37

Terribly sad, horrific for the bereaved family and terrible for the carriage driver to lose his horse in such a needless way. How much time would it have added to this driver's journey to have waited? What sort of idiot overtakes a funeral procession?

petition has been set up here www.change.org/p/slow-down-for-our-horses?recruiter=26880116&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_page&utm_term=mob-md-no_src-custom_msg&fb_ref=Default

OhShutUpThomas Fri 26-Feb-16 16:31:41

It's horrific.

I feel for the family, but also for the horse owner. It takes years to train a matching pair like that, and I know he was very close to them.

Terribly sad.

HeffalumpHistory Fri 26-Feb-16 16:34:48

Who overtakes a hearse???
If I ever saw this I'd think how bloody disrespectful but this situation..... I actually have no words!
Selfish, stupid woman! I do hope she is done for this.

That poor horse, the bereaved family having to deal with the additional trauma when I'm sure the funeral of their loved one is difficult enough. The poor funeral directors... Just awful & so unnecessary for the sake of saving a couple of minutes

ghostyslovesheep Fri 26-Feb-16 16:36:00

horrible accident - poor horse

but I can't see where, in either of the articles, it says the driver was overtaking or at fault confused

OurBlanche Fri 26-Feb-16 16:38:32

We too have connections with the carriage driver, they are in bits, fortunately not badly injured. I cannot begin to imagine how the bereaved family coped with that.

I hope the driver was stone cold sober, not on a phone and has a bloody good reason, like swerving to miss a child. It really doesn't make any sense.

bakeoffcake Fri 26-Feb-16 16:40:16

Ghostly, I expect they won't say the driver was at fault as that could prejudice any future legal case.

AdriftOnMemoryBliss Fri 26-Feb-16 16:44:32

its on the carriage owners FB ghosty. The family of the lady who's funeral it was are providing witness statements.

i'm reluctant to share as obviously his photos are somewhat more graphic and uncensored.

OurBlanche Fri 26-Feb-16 16:44:43

From friends who are there, ghosty, driver was overtaking and pulled in, as if believing the car would fit into the small gap between the carriage and the horses. It didn't and instead went crashing into the side of the carriage and the rear of the horses. The carriage driver was flung off and the horses sort of went over the top of the car.

DoBananasWearPajamas Fri 26-Feb-16 16:45:06

"The car ploughed into the side and the windows of the hearse just seemed to explode, the horse was badly injured and the coach master was hurt too"

it doesnt say they were overtaking? of course, it doesnt mean they werent and the petition says
"A horse was killed today whilst it carried a coffin to Coychurch. The driver wouldn't wait, overtook and then swerved into one of the horses that was pulling the funeral carriage."

doughnutslikefannys Fri 26-Feb-16 16:45:12

That's horrendous, what a fucking stupid cow.

Jemimapuddleduk Fri 26-Feb-16 16:45:51

I never get why people overtake funeral processions. There is a crematorium near us and I am always amazing at how many drivers overtake. It just shows lack of respect, manners and patience.

DoBananasWearPajamas Fri 26-Feb-16 16:46:01

sorry, just read other posts... x-post

AdriftOnMemoryBliss Fri 26-Feb-16 16:47:48

I'm glad the driver isn't too badly hurt, i imagine he must be absolutely horrified, there can't have been anything he could do. I wish him a swift recovery!

I've family in Bridgend so its been talked about quite a bit on my fb wall.

ouryve Fri 26-Feb-16 16:47:52

Hell, some people are just so bloody arrogant and impatient, OurBlanche sad

RaphaellaTheSpanishWaterDog Fri 26-Feb-16 16:48:08

How incredibly sad. What a disrespectful, stupid bitch......I hope she is brought to justice for this angry

StarkyTheDirewolf Fri 26-Feb-16 16:49:33

That's horrific. Poor horse and both families. The family of the deceased and the funreal director.

Dm is a vicar, you'd be surprised how many people dangerously overtake a hearse or a funeral procession.

AdriftOnMemoryBliss Fri 26-Feb-16 16:50:26

i'm just surprised it said that no arrests had been made, how can they not have arrested her for dangerous driving?

chickensaresafehere Fri 26-Feb-16 16:51:30

Some people just have no patience & crap road awareness. I pulled over today to let an ambulance past & a woman overtook me & blocked the ambulances way ?!?!?!

Madbengalmum Fri 26-Feb-16 16:51:56

Again, what kind of arsehole overtakes.
It is made even worse that it was a horse drawn carriage which could be easily scared!
Hope they throw the book at this moron.

Sophia1984 Fri 26-Feb-16 16:52:28

Just saw a Daily Mail article on this without any blurring on the photo. Very upsetting :-(

Madbengalmum Fri 26-Feb-16 16:52:48

Yes chickens, dont get me started on the amount of oblivious idiots there are out there!

OurBlanche Fri 26-Feb-16 16:53:28

I suspect because she was stone cold sober, etc and they are collecting more information from witnesses before they decide what to do. She is local, I think, so not really going to go anywhere.

On reflection, I feel sorry for her, too. This won't go away for her, or her family either.

ExitPursuedByABear Fri 26-Feb-16 16:54:00

I hope she never has a day's peace for the rest of her life.

DixieNormas Fri 26-Feb-16 16:54:23

I've just seen this on Fb. Stupid fucking idiot over taking like that.

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