Ben Hanlan from Leeds given driving ban after collision near Beaulieu Road which left New Forest foal with two broken legs
Date of alert:
Tuesday, 26 April 2022
A MOTORIST visiting the New Forest was banned from the roads for six months after leaving a foal with two broken legs in a crash.
Ben Hanlan (22), of East Grange Drive in Leeds, pleaded guilty to failing to report an accident following the collision near Beaulieu Road some time after midnight on Friday 27th August 2021.
He fled the scene in his Volkswagen Polo without alerting local agisters or the police.
The pony was thought to have wandered for several hours on its broken legs before it was put down the next day by a local agister.
Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard Hanlan believed he had hit a deer but did not stop to confirm this or check whether he had seriously injured or killed an animal.
PC Matt Thelwell, wildlife and rural crime officer, welcomed the outcome for highlighting the importance of driving safely on the Forest’s roads, and showing no one is above the law.
“Sadly, this is an incident which was wholly avoidable, but resulted in a foal having to be euthanised due to the severity of its injuries,” he said.