Please slow down

Area resident laments the loss of her pet due to too much speed, not enough care

I am directing this letter to the person driving the truck and trailer who ran over my cat on Wednesday evening, but it is also something that we all need to be aware of. I need for you to understand why we were so upset. You were traveling too fast as my son even got up to see what caused all the noise, probably when you hit my cat. I have a hard time believing that you did not see her being that she was a year old Siamese and they are mostly light coloured.

To someone else she may have just been a cat, but to this senior she was not only a pet, but also a companion. One who made me laugh, and chased the loneliness away. And now I will no longer have that. There was no need for you to be going as fast as you were in a residential area. We have had cats for the last 15 years that we have lived here, and this was the first to be struck by a vehicle.

And you were driving too fast, even when you were heading back along this road I could see that and I had to grab my cat off the road because I was scared that, even though she was dead, you would have hit her again. On top of all this when my son stopped you, you couldn’t even offer an apology. Plus had you been going slower there is a good chance she might have made it as she was almost across the road.

I don’t think there is anything in life that is that urgent, unless you are sick and going to the hospital, that requires people to always be in a hurry. You just never know what heartache that you might cause a person/family. And sadly, I doubt that I will ever be able to have another cat as I would now be afraid of this happening again. This has been so difficult that I don’t think I could handle it, adding to the fact that she was a gift from family as being on a pension I am not able to afford the spaying etc.

A very distraught senior

Diane Cowlin,

Castlegar

 

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