Report from George Redpath
I'm not the main witness but, a work collegue was driving home last Sunday evening just before dark, he approached an area on the A96 when an animal of some kind ran out in front of him moving very fast, the animal bashed into the side of his vehicle causing damage to the wing of his car.
When he stopped the car to have a look at the damage the person traveling behind him stopped also to inform him that it was a big black cat that ran out in front of him.
My collegue reported the incident at the local police station in case any injured animal had been reported.
The area was at by the Oyne fork bridge area on the main A96 Aberdeen to Inverness.
16 th March 2003
I followed up the report of the cat hit by a car in April. Unfortunately although I spent several days in the area I found no sign of the cat. I did notice however, the lack of Police interest in the report and this surprised me as children were off school at the time, (Easter holidays) and I was particularly concerned for their safety in the nearby woods. I was unable to discuss the incident with the driver of the car and further enquiries I made with my police contact revealed that there was nothing of evidential value on the vehicle. It appears that the driver had cleaned his car and sold it the day after the incident. I wondered at the lack of police interest and suggest that they may have suspected a hoax although this was never admitted.
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