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I don't know how to deal with this

I have to get this out....

I just saw a dog get run over. The driver hit him with the front bumper, and then kept going. I saw the dog's neck get rolled under the rear tire, and I heard the dog scream.

I was too in shock to get the license plate, or think of anything to do except just drive home, shaking and crying. All I can think is that I just witnessed a murder, and I didn't do anything. I couldn't think of anything to do, but there should have been something. Anything.

I wonder if the murderer even realizes what he did.


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May. 4th, 2004 09:24 am (UTC)
First off, I'd like to thank you profusely for putting the warning in the lj-cut text.

Second off, *big big hugs*, if'n you want.

Fucking humans.
May. 4th, 2004 10:04 am (UTC)

I'm sorry for you and the dog.
May. 4th, 2004 10:08 am (UTC)
Nothing you could have done. In California dogs and cats are considered property, and you are not mandated to stop unless the owner is in control of the animal. It isnt considered animal cruelty since it isn't intentional, and it's considered just and act of good faith by the courts to return and finish the animal off.

May. 4th, 2004 07:56 pm (UTC)
I don't think that is true.

In traffic court, they went over what you should do if you hit a dog or cat. It says you are required by law to try to make an attempt to find the owner and tell them.
May. 4th, 2004 09:54 pm (UTC)
Thats very odd, I lost a case when a guy hit a cat and we stopped him 2 blocks later...judge says property under 400 bux isn't considered into the equation.

May. 5th, 2004 03:54 pm (UTC)
Might be a California thing.
May. 4th, 2004 10:14 am (UTC)
It's very possible that the person who ran over the dog feels exactly the same as you do. Luckily, it's very rare that anyone would intentionally do such a thing. The owners are just as responsible.
May. 4th, 2004 10:22 am (UTC)
My sympathies for your distress...that must have been traumatic.

It's not nice not to stop if you hit an animal, so if the driver did realize that it occurred, one could certainly fault him for that (although it's not a crime).

I certainly wouldn't assume that it was intentional, though, and I think you must have an intent to kill before you can call it a murder. Otherwise it's an accident; sad, yes, but it does happen.

Did you stop, to see how injured the animal was, and move it out of the roadway if necessary? At a minimum, that's what I would have done...
May. 4th, 2004 10:24 am (UTC)
Ugh, what a scary horrible thing! I saw something similar when I was about twelve.
I can think of two reasons the driver didn't stop: s/he may have been distracted and just not noticed, or s/he may have been afraid/ashamed of dealing with a hysterical pet owner who witnessed the accident.
Anyway... **Hugs**
May. 4th, 2004 11:30 am (UTC)
I watched something similar happen to a cat. Hang in there. If you want to talk.. I'd be more than glad to listen.
May. 4th, 2004 12:31 pm (UTC)
What a horrible thing to witness, Heather! I'm so sorry you had to see that!

*telepathic big hugs*
May. 4th, 2004 03:54 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry. :(
May. 4th, 2004 07:18 pm (UTC)
Oh gods. Having been there myself, I feel for you.

I'm sure they knew they had hit the dog. But they just didn't give a shit enough to stop and make sure it was, at least, out of it's misery.
May. 4th, 2004 08:09 pm (UTC)
I hit a wolf once.

We were on the way to burning man. We were on a long dark road, in our RV, almost there. All the sudden, there was a wolf in the street. He was white - really beautiful. He looked up at me.

I tried to swerve out of the way, but only managed to get about half way over. So, he went between the front two tires, but got hit by the back ones.

I heard a horrifying "thump-splat".

Tears started streaming down my face, and I felt as if I had been hit in the chest with a bag of sand.

I could not pull over - the road was narrow, and visability was poor. I would have just made for a target for the next traveller down the road. So, I just kept driving, crying.

Maybe your murderor was driving and crying in shock too.
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