Followup: From the owner of Lucy, killed by a hit-run driver

Last night, we published a witness’s report about the hit-run crash at California/Dakota that killed a dog named Lucy (and nearly missed her owner). This morning, we have the story directly from Lucy’s owner Matt, who also shared the collage of photos of his beloved dog, as well as concerns he has beyond what specifically happened to him and Lucy:

My dog Lucy and I approached the crosswalk at California and Dakota from the west just before 7:30 on March 10, 2011 like we have done hundreds of times. We have crosswalks on arterial roads like California so people, their families and their pets may safely cross from one side to the other.

On this evening, we entered the crosswalk after the southbound vehicles stopped. I took a few steps into the crosswalk and waved my arms to get northbound traffic to stop. My dog by my side, the northbound traffic did not stop and my dog took one too many steps ahead of me and lost her life. The northbound car barreled through the crosswalk, almost hitting me but squarely hitting Lucy. The driver did not stop and my dog of 13 years was lost. This is a very sad day for me, my wife, and our 4 month old, who misses the dog she never got to know. Thank you for your support.

We have a few points we would like to make:

* This particular crosswalk has a school and playground on one side, a church and park on the other, and bus stops on both sides, which results in a lot of pedestrian crossing. This crosswalk is not respected, my wife, my neighbors and I have repeated that many many times. While we lost our pet, this just as easily could have been a child who slipped from their parents hands and stepped into traffic that didn’t obey the crosswalk. We would like to gather neighbor support to campaign for SDOT to implement additional precautions, other than flags which are often stolen or ignored by drivers.

* We did file a police report. The incident is a hit and run and the incident number is 2011-80320. If you know anything about the car or driver please let the police know. Officer P. Chang stopped by our house to listen to what happened and he said anyone with information can call the non-emergency line at (206) 625-5011, provide the incident number and any information that will help identify the driver or car.

* Regarding the (car), I saw what seemed like a 70’s/80’s sleek sedan dark in color. Like an Electrica or LeSabre. Officer Chang told us that someone identified it as an El Camino.

91 Replies to "Followup: From the owner of Lucy, killed by a hit-run driver"

  • DC March 11, 2011 (9:23 am)

    Thank you for sharing the pictures of Lucy. She is absolutely adorable. I am so saddened an angry by this story. How terribly disgusting that you were IN A CROSSWALK and that POS jerk didn’t even stop

  • RTA March 11, 2011 (9:34 am)

    Im so sorry for you loss, I can’t imagine what you and your family must be going through. Thank you for sharing your story with the community,hopefully someone knows something so justice can be served.

  • EC March 11, 2011 (9:39 am)

    Sorry about the loss of your dog Lucy. I am always amazed at how many people do not stop for people in crosswalks. Even if I am stopped and flash my lights at traffic coming in the other direction drivers will continue and totally ignore people in crosswalks. Hopefully at least SPD will step up enforcement at crosswalks.

  • JBL March 11, 2011 (9:42 am)

    I was so angry when I heard about this. I totally agree that the crosswalks on Dakota (and I’d have to include Genesee) are disrespected every time. Almost impossible to cross there. Maybe its cars parking too close to the intersection so drivers can’t see people? Flags are always missing and it can’t be the solution.

    I think large stretches of california ave should mirror Queen Anne Ave with 4-way stops at most intersections.

  • Kristin March 11, 2011 (9:44 am)

    I am so very sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to you.

  • MelB. March 11, 2011 (9:45 am)

    My thoughts are with Lucy’s family; she was a beautiful girl.

  • lina rose March 11, 2011 (9:49 am)

    I am so sorry for your loss, lucy looks like a wonderful companion and I know she will be deeply missed as a member of your family-
    and yes, that crosswalk is awful and i am so sad that this was a hit and run.

  • jtm March 11, 2011 (9:50 am)

    So sorry to hear this. This intersection is 1 block from my house and I agree it is very dangerous. I don’t understand why there isn’t a light here, as well as a light for both directions at Genessee.

  • SFT March 11, 2011 (9:52 am)

    Matt, I’m so so so sorry to hear the news. Lucy is one sweet looking pup! We take that crosswalk a lot to and from Church and we have the same problem with cars not stopping. I’m happy to support improvments to crosswalks in W Seattle. I like JBL’s suggestion of 4-way stops.

  • Janelle March 11, 2011 (9:53 am)

    This is very sad and people need to slow down. This could have easily been a situation with a child. I’m sorry for your loss. If anyone knows anything this offender needs to be caught.

  • jeunglady March 11, 2011 (9:56 am)

    I’m very sad and disheartened by this obviously preventable tragegy. My thoughts are with you and your family…

  • West Seattle T March 11, 2011 (9:56 am)

    I am so incredibly sorry and saddened for your loss of beautiful Lucy. Please let us know how we can support your campaign for SDOT. I will be there.

  • Gatewood Too March 11, 2011 (9:56 am)

    So very sorry about the loss of your beloved Lucy. I am hopeful that this will at last bring about the necessary improvements to that crosswalk… with Lucy as its guardian angel dog for all kids who cross safely there in the future…

  • mightymo March 11, 2011 (9:59 am)

    I cross California at that same location often and have experienced the same thing. People are so happy to be past the lights further south that they won’t stop in a very clearly marked crosswalk with people in it and cars going the other way already stopped.

    I’ve also noticed a block to the east that parents drive right through that crosswalk unless the student crossing guards are in the way — they seem to ignore pedestrians completely, and some of those pedestrians could be schoolchildren.

    I’m sorry about your dog.

  • nancy March 11, 2011 (10:03 am)

    First of all, so sorry this happened to you and your beautiful dog Lucy….I am not surprised…this area of West Seattle is so dangerous and the SDOT has got to recognize the shift of population and traffic changes in West Seattle and change the traffic flows as this will happen again. They are so complacent and should be held responsible for any altercations until they do their job our taxes pay them to do and set up traffic patterns according to the times…not 10-15 years ago.

  • MLJ March 11, 2011 (10:05 am)

    I run with my dog and cross there a few times a week. I have to say that ever since I started running a few months ago, I have been totally blown away by how inconsiderate West Seattle drivers are of pedestrians. PEOPLE ALMOST NEVER STOP. I’ve stood halfway across that crosswalk while drivers have continued to cruise through it, while I’m standing there in the middle of the street! The same thing happened here apparently.
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    This is so sad, and Matt is absolutely right, this could’ve been a person. But that doesn’t make this any less awful.

  • Wednesday March 11, 2011 (10:08 am)

    All the sorry’s in the world will not ease your pain. I see this scenario play out countless times each day all up and down California Ave. The majority of drivers just plain do not even attempt to slow down for pedestrians (cops included sometimes), and many often seem oblivious that oncoming traffic has stopped to let someone cross..right in front of them..WAKE UP PEOPLE!! What’s it going to take?? I think they ought to remove those intersection traffic cams and replace them with more officers patroling the Ave. They’d make alot more money and would actually saves lives in the process. I’m so sorry for this unnecessary tragedy.

  • Amanda March 11, 2011 (10:10 am)

    It’d be great to get the flashing lights on the actual pavement (like in White Center on Ambaum). It would help, I’m sure. But ultimately, it’s up to drivers to stop. Just stop! I am so sorry about your dog.

  • LP March 11, 2011 (10:10 am)

    I am so so so sorry for your loss. Losing a beloved pet is losing a family member, extremely painful. Take care of yourselves. Thinking of you.

  • cali March 11, 2011 (10:24 am)

    I am so sorry for you loss. She is a beautiful dog. You and your family are in my thoughts.

  • lucky chick March 11, 2011 (10:27 am)

    My heart aches for you. Deepest condolences.

  • Melissa March 11, 2011 (10:28 am)

    I am so sorry for your loss. Lucy was a beautiful dog. I hope that the driver who did this is caught and prosecuted. And please WDOT, put a STOPLIGHT in at this dangerous crossing point. It is not safe. Too much traffic here, I too have noticed that cars drive way too fast in this area of California Ave. and do not stop for pedestrians!!!

  • Ken March 11, 2011 (10:35 am)

    I just stopped for three elderly ladies in this crosswalk. They were experienced enough at that crossing to wait for the oblivious cell phone using woman who blew through the opposing lane before attempting to cross.

    Perhaps SPD should plan a mid-morning sting at this location. Then we could jeer at those who come here to complain about the ticket.

  • sara March 11, 2011 (10:36 am)

    Terribly sorry for your loss. Horrifying.

    I’m behind any means to make crosswalks more visible. Crosswalks scare me. I’m always worried that my daughter will be the person hit or that I will be the driver who didn’t notice.

    Crosswalks in themselves present an odd conundrum–by adding crosswalks midstreet we give pedestrians a sense of security, when they might otherwise be more cautious crossing the street (and to fend off the trolls, I’m not suggesting that pedestrians don’t deserve to feel secure or that anyone is lax using crosswalks–pedestrians legally, and I think we’d agree, morally, always have the right of way). When you have crosswalks that aren’t glaringly obvious, then I think we all risk being the victim or the assailant. I’m a very cautious driver, and yet, on those very obvious crosswalks at the junction, I’ve slowed, looked both ways twice, proceeded and still failed to notice someone entering the crosswalk due to a blindspot, luckily always stopping, but it’s still startling to realize how insecure these traversing points can be. Sometimes I think we should get rid of all but the most obvious crosswalks that aren’t located at intersections. Any crosswalk by a school should require lights and a speedhump at minimum.

  • biankat March 11, 2011 (10:39 am)

    Tragic and disgusting. Very sorry for your loss. I hope the bastard is found.

  • ad March 11, 2011 (10:42 am)

    Isn’t California & Dakota also where an older woman was hit and killed?

  • J242 March 11, 2011 (10:45 am)

    My condolences… I agree with Ken, SPD should check up on spots like this and I really hope someone turns in the terrible person who ended that poor dog’s life.

    How about we increase the fine for people on their cell phones? Call it $1,000? If it’s an emergency, PULL OVER and use your phone, don’t endanger everyone around you by adding another distraction to your driving.

  • Kelly March 11, 2011 (10:46 am)

    People should just drive along that area looking for pedestrians always. But if it’s a matter of not seeing them..then we should at least place some of those orange flags out there for the pedestrians to walk across with. To hit a dog and just keep going is terrible. I hope that person is forever haunted with this. Maybe the person was drinking and didn’t wanna get arrested. I sure hope the person gets a serious ass kickin’

  • metrognome March 11, 2011 (10:53 am)

    this is the same intersection where a friend of mine was hit and seriously injured nearly 14 months ago:
    http://westseattleblog.com/2010/01/traffic-alert-california-closed-at-dakota-crash-reported

    She has recovered (altho I do not know the extent of lingering problems I know she is experiencing) and was out of work for about 6 months.

    Crosswalks provide a false sense of security; you are much better off using a signalized intersection if you have the choice. Doubt there is anything SDOT can do to ‘adjust traffic patterns’ that would have any effect on stupid drivers. As a wheelchair user who frequents the stretch between AK and Morgan Junction, I am all too familiar with the number of drivers who are doing everything BUT driving.

    Condolences on the loss of your pet and the trauma you experienced from nearly being hit as well.

  • onceachef March 11, 2011 (10:56 am)

    I’m very sorry for your loss…it makes me cry to even hear it let alone see those pictures of beautiful Lucy. Hopefully the driver will come forward or get caught.

  • RarelyEver March 11, 2011 (10:57 am)

    I’m terribly sorry for your loss, Matt. I can tell by the pictures that Lucy was a wonderful girl, and my heart aches for you and your family. I promise you I will be extra careful when approaching crosswalks in the future in remembrance of her. And I hope karma (if not the law) has a whopper in store for the jerk who did this.

  • Jo P March 11, 2011 (11:01 am)

    I, too, am very sorry for your loss. What really bothers me is that the driver didn’t even stop to see what damage had been done. We hear this much too often. I say prosecute to the fullest extent of the law (assuming this person can be identified).

  • Jim March 11, 2011 (11:02 am)

    Thanks for sharing the pictures of Lucy. Condolences…

  • sybil March 11, 2011 (11:09 am)

    Oh that is so heart breaking. I am sorry. Hopefully the person who did this will be caught. Sweet Lucy looked like a wonderful dog.

  • csw March 11, 2011 (11:09 am)

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I can only imagine. Sending your family and Lucy, love, peace, and justice.

  • Lulu March 11, 2011 (11:43 am)

    Lucy is absolutely beautiful. I hope you and your family find peace and comfort, and may your memories of Lucy last a lifetime.

  • Cait March 11, 2011 (11:48 am)

    My friend posted this on FB just now and I believe it’s in reference to the same thing “keep on the look out for a navy blue (clean) el camino with a after market grill, the man drving had gray hair and is 40+ yrs.” I told her to get in contact with someone to let them know what she saw.

    I’m just so sad about this – what a gorgeous dog. I always try to be VERY careful at that intersection and now I will be even more cautious.

  • crystal March 11, 2011 (11:51 am)

    As with many others, I am truly very sorry for your loss. Nobody should have to experience a loss in this tragic way! Please take care of yourself through this grief. Also, the humane society (the Bellevue one) has a free pet loss support group every Saturday morning at 10. I just wanted to mention that incase you feel like that would be helpful.

  • Hamilton March 11, 2011 (12:00 pm)

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. This whole situation makes me sick to my stomach. Sending good thoughts your way.

  • samson March 11, 2011 (12:04 pm)

    I am really so sorry about Lucy! I understand the empty feeling of losing furry companion! What a JERK for a driver to move on – dont worry the karma will go and come around back to the driver.

    I am telling you for MANY times, I must have many(9 lives) lives to be hit by drivers in neighbhorhood and of course, I have to finger up to them… many drivers do not care for pedestrians to be allowed to walk over. I HAVE NOTICED DRIVERS TEND TO BE ON THE CELL AND NOT PAY ATTENTION TO ROADS! I have eyes not the ears.

    Take your time to test the drivers with cells and you will notice the difference with cell or without cell. you could tell if they do pay attention or not…

    I pray for Lucy and I will always think of her just like mine that I have lost mine 3 years ago by stupid driver who didnt stop. Bless you Lucy’s family…

  • Tim March 11, 2011 (12:15 pm)

    First, very heartfeld condolences to you. How traumatic!

    This morning I saw SPD had a speed trap on the WS Bridge, catching people speeding over the summit traveling West. What a horrible misapplication of SPD resources! Who cares of someone is speeding over a 6 lane, divided highway?!!? Why not catch speeders where the people, children and animals are, in the neighborhoods along 35th, California, Admiral and even Beach Drive.

  • We Love Lucy March 11, 2011 (12:15 pm)

    Cait,

    If your friend hasn’t already can she please contact the police and inform them about this description of the driver and his car. The more information they have the better. I know some cars tried to follow the guy and get his license plate number. If any of you were successful in your effort please let the police know.

    Again, the incident number is 2011-80320. Please call the non-emergency line at (206) 625-5011, provide the incident number and tell them this additional information. They are looking for the car.

    Thanks Cait and thanks everyone.

  • Cait March 11, 2011 (12:19 pm)

    I will let her know as soon as possible.

  • jenny March 11, 2011 (12:20 pm)

    My husband thinks he may of seen the same car right around that time passing another car, driving recklessly within a couple blocks. I will have him report what he saw. We are so sorry for the loss of your dog, heartbreaking.

  • J March 11, 2011 (12:24 pm)

    Note: there are actually schools on BOTH east AND west sides of this crosswalk.

  • ensignmarvin March 11, 2011 (12:27 pm)

    Lucy sure looked like she had a lot of love. and I imagine the ball in the mouth was a big part of her too. so very sorry for your loss. i too live near there and remember a friends mom getting rear ended there going north years ago when she stopped to let someone cross.

  • amy March 11, 2011 (12:40 pm)

    I am so sorry about Lucy. Our thoughts are with you and your family. I am hopeful that justice will be served. Please take care.

  • BA3 March 11, 2011 (12:41 pm)

    Crossing my fingers someone finds the owner of this car. It’s unfathomable that someone could be so heartless. I will be keeping a watch, that’s for sure.

  • WS girl March 11, 2011 (12:41 pm)

    I am so very sorry for your loss. What a despicable human being the driver was to be so reckless and have no regard for you or your gorgeous Lucy.

  • miws March 11, 2011 (12:44 pm)

    Very sorry for your loss.

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    So many kind words here, but I think csw sums it up very well; Sending your family and Lucy, love, peace, and justice.

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    Mike

  • BAU March 11, 2011 (12:44 pm)

    The Seattle Department of Transportation only measures human fatalities. They will not care about a pet. You can write all the letters you want to, but they will only respond that the particular road performs as designed.

  • careful March 11, 2011 (1:40 pm)

    TIM

    The bridge is not I repeat NOT a highway or freeway and should not have the speeds associated with those types of roads. Talk to all of the families in the past that have lost loved ones on that elevated road due to speeding drivers and ask them if it is a misappropriation of SPD funds and time.

  • jae March 11, 2011 (2:23 pm)

    I am so sorry for your loss of beautiful Lucy. It sickens me that someone didn’t pay attention to the crosswalk, let alone caring enough to stop after hitting her.

  • soosan March 11, 2011 (2:24 pm)

    Unbelievably sad and infuriating story. As a driver and a pedestrian who frequents this spot, it needs to be safer. The visibility of pedestrians is *really* bad (and yes, I realize that in this case traffic was stopped in one direction–obviously this driver is completely at fault, and the fact that he or she did not stop is horrible). I’m not a DOT person but the following seems logical:

    We need parking to be restricted at the corners (no parking north/south of here signs) so that pedestrians waiting to cross are more visible.

    We need lighting over the edges of the crosswalk itself (streetlights) or over the crosswalk itself (like on Admiral by Alki Mail & Dispatch); or a lit crosswalk itself like in White Center.

    We could use a speed trap here. Folks driving north especially have just left the junction and tend to speed up without realizing that they are going up a hill thus limiting their line of sight and making speeding up an especially unsafe choice. (The flip side is folks coasting southwards, doing the same thing.)

    My thoughts are with Lucy’s family and friends.

  • Julia (not the victim) March 11, 2011 (2:57 pm)

    @Soosan – well said.

    As someone who has found their pet lying hit in the road (cats are indoors 24/7 now), I feel so much for this family in their shock, grief and pain. I drive through here periodically and if there is ANY good to come of this story, I hope it will be a reminder to drive reasonable speeds and watch carefully at all intersections like these. I know it will for me. Rest in peace Lucy-puppy and all my condolences to the family.

  • Carly Smedsrud March 11, 2011 (3:00 pm)

    I just wanted to send my condolences. I was the car on the other side of the street that stopped for you to cross. My boyfriend was the one who called the cops and continued to follow up throughout the night. We also tried to find the car. However, both him and i have seen the car around town often and will keep our eyes peeled. I could not imagine how you must be feeling but i want to wish you and your family the best.

  • wsgal March 11, 2011 (3:19 pm)

    Matt — Thank you for posting this. I’m so very sorry for your family’s loss. You’re right, there are a number of things we can and should do as a community to make crossing safer. The price of not doing so is too high.

  • Emilie March 11, 2011 (3:46 pm)

    What a sweet looking dog. Your story is so sad. Wishing you and your family some peace.

  • pjmanley March 11, 2011 (4:15 pm)

    Matt: I too am sorry for your loss. As a parent and dog-owner who has experienced similar dangers in that crosswalk, I am furious to read about this.

    Yes, flashers would be nice. No, I don’t think we need another stoplight. Instead, how about people paying attention to the road and the other people, vehicles, etc. that have a right to be there and use the roadway too?

    People need to slow down and stop driving like morons. Every intersection is a pedestrian crosswalk, marked or not. How many people remember that from driver’s ed? Not many. Not from what I’ve seen, particularly in West Seattle. I’ve been yelled at by driver’s on Fauntleroy because they don’t know the Unmarked Crosswalk rule. Intersection+Pedestrians=Pedestrians have Right-Of-Way, AKA “Unmarked Crosswalk Rule.”

    If more drivers recalled that rule, they’d be tuned in for pedestrians at every intersection, instead of treating pedestrians like random interruptions to their drag race who don’t belong on the roadway. Then, crosswalk or no crosswalk, maybe people would have a clue to begin with. We can only hope.

  • DownTheStreet March 11, 2011 (4:28 pm)

    I stopped at this crosswalk today to let 2 school kids cross westbound. To their credit, they waited to make sure I saw them before stepping into the crosswalk. When they were halfway across the northbound lane, a guy heading southbound sped up to get through the intersection before they reached his side of the crosswalk. Fortunately, the car behind him was paying attention and stopped.

    It’s time for another one of these: http://westseattleblog.com/2009/07/followup-stats-on-the-californiadawson-crosswalk-sting

  • Euzur March 11, 2011 (5:01 pm)

    This is very sad, I am very sorry.

  • Drew, Vicky and Max March 11, 2011 (5:43 pm)

    Lucy we loved you. You came into our life when Matt needed you and gave so much to the whole family. I’m so happy little Max got to be with you. You were the first dog he played with.

  • JayDee March 11, 2011 (5:44 pm)

    I am sorry for your loss; I often stop at marked and unmarked crosswalks and flash my lights at the opposing traffic to get them to figure out what is going on.

    If the hit and run driver is driving a blue El Camino, it shouldn’t be that difficult to find them–it was a uncommon car back in the day, and nowadays it is very rare. The police should be able to search registrations for this car. I hope that they find the hit-and-run driver.

  • Jtk March 11, 2011 (6:08 pm)

    As I walked my two goldens tonight near that area. I thougt of you and Lucy. If anything it will help us all be more “aware” Hopefully. We can’t change what others will decide to do, we can only change what we do. So with that. I am more aware to slow down. In general! I cried reading your story. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • I CAN drive 55 March 11, 2011 (6:37 pm)

    Where are the comments from all those folks that just a few weeks ago were calling the SPD jerks and verbally assaulting them for writing speeding tickets saying it was just a way to fill the city coffers? huh? Where’d they go? I can’t imagine they will be able to see the cause and effect. Of course just because a person speeds doesn’t mean they would also be inclined (as this person was) to leave the scene of an accident which adds a whole ‘nother level of irresponsibility to this incident.

  • Elikapeka March 11, 2011 (7:09 pm)

    I’m so, so sorry.

  • JN March 11, 2011 (7:25 pm)

    For an offense such as this, the drivers license should be revoked for at least 5 years, if not permanently! The drivers in this city are horrible at respecting the rights of others. Selfish, selfish drivers.

  • Stacy March 11, 2011 (7:41 pm)

    So very sad to loose your friend of 13 years this way – I’m sooooo sorry.

  • Vicky March 11, 2011 (7:57 pm)

    I always called her Lucy Lu (Lu like a short version of the word Luz- Light in Spanish). She was our light and she will be always with us.

    We will miss you!
    Thanks for being sooooo patient with Max!

  • CR March 11, 2011 (8:02 pm)

    I am so sorry for your loss. A tragedy! I would, and I’m sure many others, would eagerly join whatever campaign you organize to make this crosswalk safer!!

  • Genessee neighbor March 11, 2011 (8:10 pm)

    So unnecessary. Sorry for your loss. People need to slow down and not be so angry and in such a rush when they drive!
    I live between Dakota and Genessee and it’s taking your life in your hands to cross California Avenue. I’d support your campaign.

  • Lori March 11, 2011 (8:46 pm)

    I’m so sad and angry for your loss. Lucy is beautiful.

  • dolly March 11, 2011 (9:08 pm)

    My heart goes out to Lucy and her family. I have learned after several near-miss experiences just in my neighborhood at residential intersections to pay attention to me and my pup at EVERY crossing. What is beyond my understanding is how the driver of that vehicle can not only hit someone’s pet without stopping, but will now be able live with himself.
    Lucy and her family deserve better.

  • patricia way March 11, 2011 (9:44 pm)

    Iam so so sorry for the loss of your dear friend Lucy. Love you and love from all my furry friends too.

  • Sharon March 11, 2011 (10:58 pm)

    Lucy is an angel…….the person responsible has huge greasy spot on their soul eternally…sad for your loss

  • Moji March 12, 2011 (8:05 am)

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I am certainly in support of any action that would increase the chance of drivers slwoing down and paying attention!

    Your beautiful Lucy must have been such a good girl.
    Sending love and peace

  • Diane Fields March 12, 2011 (8:31 am)

    My heart is hurting for you and the loss of your sweet Lucy.

  • yeah-me March 12, 2011 (9:40 am)

    I am so so sorry about Lucy.

    I wonder how someone can live with themselves after running over an animal and then not even checking to see if it is ok. This driver must be void of compassion, humanity, and empathy. What a monster.

  • Galki March 12, 2011 (9:51 am)

    So sorry bout Lucy, and glad it wasn’t the stroller! Hopefully the jerk that is responsible for this tragedy is caught and penalized.

    I have to agree with Sara, crosswalks give us a false sense of security, I rarely cross the street with or without my Labrador not in a jog or sprint. Too many people in their own rush and not paying attention to the roads they share with pedestrians.

    Tearful about Lucy, glad you you shared 13 years of love with her.

  • Jay March 12, 2011 (10:40 am)

    I regularly run along Fauntlaroy and California and I cannot tell you how many near misses I have had over the last few years. It is so bad I rarely cross California unless there is a lighted crosswalk. Even then it amazes me at the number of folks that turn right on red and have to slam on their brakes when they notice me. My thoughts and condolences go out to you.

  • sassy March 12, 2011 (11:15 am)

    Sweet Lucy – I am so sorry she was taken from you & your family. Please know your are in our prayers.

  • Michelle March 12, 2011 (2:42 pm)

    Lucy looked like a dog who loved life and had a wonderful family! My brother is adopting a puppy next week, and he happens to be naming her Lucy, too. Her spirit will live on…

    I am so sorry you lost your beautiful baby like this, but I agree with other comments, and karma will go around. Hopefully we can find the person who didn’t stop, and they will be held accountable for their awful actions. And, this tragedy will help remind all pet owners and parents that extra caution always needs to be exercised when on a street.

    Peace be with you.

  • sunshine March 12, 2011 (3:10 pm)

    condolences, neighbor! I just made a donation to the ASPCA in your Lucie’s honor. I know it won’t help you miss Lucie any less, but I wanted to try to offset one stranger’s callousness and carelessness with kindness. Please print this page as your receipt for tax purposes

    * Donation Type
    Honorary
    *
    * ASPCA Tax ID
    TX_84578
    * Transaction ID
    0WL257329V583424

  • sunshine March 12, 2011 (3:12 pm)

    condolences, neighbor! I just made a donation to the ASPCA in your Lucie’s honor. I know it won’t help you miss Lucie any less, but I wanted to try to offset one stranger’s callousness and carelessness with kindness.

    ====================
    * Donation Type Honorary
    * ASPCA Tax ID TX_84578
    * Transaction ID0W L257329V583424

  • Dlee March 12, 2011 (3:22 pm)

    Thank you for sharing the photos of your beautiful Lucy. How very sad to know of your loss. I hope you and your family cam heal with the knowing how much love you gave to her as she did to your family. May you all find the resilience necessary as you process the grief and joy of this beloved family member.

  • S March 12, 2011 (4:55 pm)

    To Matt and your family, I am so sorry about the loss of your beautiful Lucy. I’m in tears reading this. My condolences to your family for your loss. I don’t understand people sometimes. And you can’t tell me they didn’t see you… more than likely they just didn’t care.. it was all about them and getting to where they were going. I’m so sorry… I believe in Karma.. and the law of three. What goes around comes around 3 fold.

  • EyeonNW March 12, 2011 (6:35 pm)

    I, too, am very sad to learn about the loss of your beloved dog and extend my condolences. Do you intend to circulate a petition? If so, please let us know what we can to help. Also, the lighting is generally poor at this crosswalk. Perhaps the city could consider installing “flashing” crosswalk lights that light up in the roadway itself?

  • Pablo Loco March 12, 2011 (7:23 pm)

    The city won’t act until there are more human deaths

  • We love Lucy March 13, 2011 (1:27 pm)

    @pablo loco – perhaps you are right. But isn’t it better to try and fail, than not try at all?

  • Charlotte March 14, 2011 (1:18 pm)

    I had the honor of knowing Lucy as my dog Reno and i often walked around the same time each morning. She was the sweetest best behaved dog and you could tell how loved she was. I am so sorry to hear this tragic news. Thoughts are with Matt and his family.

  • Abby March 15, 2011 (12:28 pm)

    I am thinking of you and your family and will do whatever it takes to stop this from happening to another pet or, scary thought, a child in the neighborhood.

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