Residents of a village street are urging drivers to slow down after the latest accident involving an animal.
Angela Lewis says it is heartbreaking how many animals have been killed on Lime Walk, Lutton, because drivers go too fast.
And she fears one day it could be a child who ends up lying injured beside the road – just like a young muntjac deer she chanced across last week as she was heading to the house she and her husband are renovating.
The young deer’s mother was standing over her injured offspring, but ran off when Melanie Carnell, who lives nearby, tried to help.
Her daughter Juliet wrapped the deer in a blanket and took it into the house, but it later had to be put to sleep by the RSPCA who said it was unlikely to recover after going blind because of the shock of being hit by a car.
Angela said: “I would really like to see more speed signs and signs warning drivers because there have been so many family pets killed down Lime Walk.
“It’s like a racetrack down here. It should be a 30mph speed limit but no one does that.
“I live on a junction and I’ve had to cut my hedge back because people just don’t stop and look.
“It’s a semi-rural road and there are a lot of animals about – I fear if my dog got out it wouldn’t stand a chance.
“I know some people don’t care but it really upsets me to think of so many dying.”
Mrs Carnell knows only too well the heartbreak of losing pets to road accidents – she has lost two cats and a kitten within a year.
She said: “I’ve been put off having anymore because of the heartbreak for the kids every time another one is killed.
“The latest thing with the deer was very sad, but my daughter Juliet was amazing.
“It was a wild animal and I wanted to take it into the shed, but she literally picked it up and insisted on taking it inside and wrapping it up.
“The RSPCA were excellent, they came within an hour, but they said even if it recovered it was unlikely it was ever going to be well enough to be released, so it had to be put to sleep.
“We just need to get some more signs up along the road to warn drivers to slow down.”