York student Markella Apergi often takes video of geese crossing the road.

Like a lot of people, she finds the way they hold up the traffic while they amble to the other side funny.

So she was shocked and upset when this van driver didn’t stop, slow down or even drive around this bird. Instead it just ploughed into the goose and drove off.

Markella believes the goose was killed instantly.

Markella, who studies politics and economics at York University, was coming back from an early trip to the campus library when she stopped to film the goose at about 7am on Thursday (May 19).

“I was so shocked by what happened. That’s why the video stops so abruptly,” she told YorkMix.

‘I felt repulsed’

Markella Apergi in her Facebook photograph
Markella Apergi in her Facebook photograph

Markella said she thought the driver had killed the bird deliberately.

“The goose was standing in the middle of the road. It was early in the morning, the roads were empty – so empty he could have steered to the other side of the road.

“It was shocking. I felt repulsed. I couldn’t speak. Nobody was there.”

Markella reported the incident to the university and the police, but was told there was nothing they could do. She said:

Whatever the animal is, it doesn’t deserve to be run down like this. It’s so irresponsible and brutal.

She said the other birds started to circle the dead goose and one opened its wings and made distressed noises.

“It was very weird because her reaction was more human than the driver’s.”

Originally from Greece, Markella has been studying in York for three years. She was due to sit one of her final exams the day after filming this incident.

Many of her friends expressed their shock and sadness at the video on Facebook.

“That’s disgusting,” said James Morei. “When we forget our responsibility to nature, we make a mockery of our claims to higher intelligence, compassion, morality and justice.”

 

18 comments on “Video: Shocking moment a van driver ploughs into a goose on York road

  1. Poor goose. The timing here is impeccable though (no pun intended) as just yesterday I posted in the ‘Overheard In York’ Facebook group, this bus conversation:
    Tracy Anne Temple
    Yesterday at 20:35 · York
    2 ladies sat behind me on the bus as it pulled up opposite York Station. Geese and their goslings are sleeping on the slope to the bar walls.
    Lady 1 – Ooh, look at those, those ones, the furry ones!
    Lady 2 – Oh yes, the fluffy ones …. I wonder what the death rate is…

    I’m guessing it’s quite high.

  2. 07756 126134

    I am interested in knowing what the recorder was actually video taping? If she knew that one of Gods beautiful creature’s would be brutally ravaged by the nasty van then surely she is guilty of accessory to commit Goosey side?

    The last seconds of this poor majestic Greylag immortalised by the voyeurism of its people by ladies who film them by roadsides!

    Had this heroic Social Justice Warrior wanted the life to be spared surely waving arms about shouting at the Goose would have caused it to flap wildly, quacking to other side of the road?

    1. Have you even read the article?
      “Like a lot of people, she finds the way they hold up the traffic while they amble to the other side funny.

      So she was shocked and upset when this van driver didn’t stop, slow down or even drive around this bird. Instead it just ploughed into the goose and drove off.

      The goose was killed instantly.

      Markella, who studies politics and economics at York University, was coming back from an early trip to the campus library when she stopped to film the goose at about 7am on Thursday (May 19).

      “I was so shocked by what happened. That’s why the video stops so abruptly,” she told YorkMix.”

      She is used to see traffic literally stop for a minute or two to wait for a goose family to cross, so it’s bloody normal she didn’t do anything.

  3. Is that one of those numbers on right asking if the drivers driving safely 07756 can’t make rest out or I’d phone to say either he is cruel beyond words or not driving with due care and attention

  4. That goose was a living, feeling creature. It’s unnecessary death is a shameful reminder of how inhumane so many of us are

  5. It’s DV07 KZO , also looks like the driver braked thinking the goose would move out the way….didn’t but by then was too late! Can see the van brake hard but it’s going too quick, possibly not concentrating on the road at the time and when they do they’re too late to swerve round the goose…

  6. I make that DV07 K2D
    … and it was 7am on Thursday 19 May 2016.
    Okay… let’s report it to the police as a case of animal cruelty.

  7. God Bless Your compassion. Some people are truly sick in this world and do not have their heart open to the innocence of the animal kingdom. I love York’s geese as they make me smile and lift my heart on sad days. I hope they find who did this as they are evil xx

  8. maybe you could save the “poor animal” instead of just filming it? thousands of animals die in the streets everyday, humans as well. get over it or do something to change it.
    nice try to show your face on the internet btw…

    1. It was killed instantly and she didn’t know that was going to happen before she started filming, you billy. Couldn’t possibly have saved it.

    2. You what mate. She was on the opposite side of the road how is she supposed to save the goose from that position? It’s clearly not for attention. You’re just exceptionally bitter.

    3. Well its not her fault she couldn’t do anything. Maybe she didnt want to get herself killed by dangerous drivers (like the van driver) if the van driver opened his eye he would of seen it.

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