I live on 262nd Place in Covington, just down from Covington Christian Church. At approximately 8:15 p.m. our neighbor’s guests were leaving and were being shown out the door by the family. One of their dogs pulled loose of his collar and slipped through the fence. The dog ran into the road, at which point our neighbor and his friend went after him, trying to circle him into the yard. These are two big men, one on each side of the road. Not one driver slowed down in caution. I can guarantee not one driver was obeying the posted speed limit of 30 mph. Sadly, the dog was hit by a car and was carried off the road by our neighbor. The dog died later that night.
The kicker in this story? The driver never slowed, never stopped after the dog was hit. The dog was a full-grown beagle, about 40 pounds. Maybe the driver didn’t see the dog, but I bet the driver knew he or she hit something. How anybody can do this and continue driving is beyond me. I truly hope that the person is haunted by the thump he or she felt last night. A little 4-year-old boy and his mom were the owners of the dog. Would the driver’s conscience bother them any if they knew how much heartache they caused the family? If the driver could have just heard the little boy, desperately crying and yelling at the front door for “Pepper” to come home it would have completely crushed him or her.
To the people of Covington – when you are in a residential area, please be especially aware of your surroundings. Most importantly though, obey the posted speed limits. It may be a child that is hit next time.