Slow down to avoid potential tragedy

Dear Editor:

I’m still trying to figure out why, at 7:15 a.m., our dog was struck by a pickup truck in front of our house this past beautiful, clear Sunday morning, in a residential 25-mph speed zone. The street was clear, no other traffic that early in the morning, a quiet start to the day.

We were getting ready to go to work at a golf course, where our dog went with us every workday; she was out in the yard and went across the street. My husband and I were both in front watching her and calling her back home. My husband even made eye contact with her; at about the same second, he heard a pickup roll down the street, waving his arms to be noticed that the dog was in the street. Our pup of 1½ years old was struck. She was walking across, not running or suddenly darting across the street. We both saw all this unfold. I ran down the street to the truck (which stopped about 56 yards down the street); the man was cursing — a neighbor even heard him and came outside.

The man did say he was sorry and that he was going the limit; I beg to differ. If you were going the limit (or slower) you’d have seen the dog in the road (she was blonde around 60 pounds) and could have slowed down until we had her back in our yard or at least in our grip. Sure, you stopped, but why so far away?! I believe you knew something happened, checked your mirrors and saw the three of us in the road, then figured it out.

If you can honestly tell us you were paying attention to the road and that you were not speeding-stop by the house; we can talk it over. You didn’t leave your name or number. You know where this happened. I’m sure this event will be forever on your mind. We lost a family member, a crew “member” at the course and my best friend. She is greatly missed … just a pup-not even 2 years old, trying to get back home to her family.

I’m guessing that 50 percent of people driving various vehicles of various sizes drive Union Street too fast. Can we please slow down? There are four young children next door; this could have happened to one of them.

Leslie Ehrlenbach


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