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Cat Hit on River Street; Driver Did Not Stop

Lots of cats live in the River Street area
Lots of cats live in the River Street area

At around 1:45 today, January 28th, I came across a very large cat who appeared to be trying to get up out of the road, but could not, on River Street, in front of some of the apartments in the 260 range. Upon coming closer, walking towards the animal on the side of the road going towards Newton Street, the animal was fatally hit by some sort of vehicle on that side of the road. There was a lot of blood.

It was a Maine Coon size, longhaired black and white, with some wiry hair on the underbelly. Its eyes were green, but the color was fading fast from them as it fought for its life.

Another man in a truck, stated he came across the cat lying there in the road, and was staying with the cat until someone came along. He was waving drivers around the scene of the accident. This man did not hit the cat because it was on the opposite side of the street. The man was trying to further prevent the cat from being hit again, as at the time, the cat was still breathing and attempting to get up. Blood was spurting everywhere from every possible opening of this cat's body.

After I called the Waltham Police, they told me Animal Rescue would be there shortly. The officer told me to not move or touch the animal. Meanwhile, the man in the truck then drove off after another neighbor came outside and felt the pulse of the cat. She stated there was not a pulse.  The cat took its last breath and died right there in the street. Blood was absolutely all over the cat's body. 

Due to the cat blocking so much traffic down by Newton Street, the neighbor had to move it out of the way and rested it in a cardboard box on the sidewalk. People were afraid to hit it again, because most people have compassion and do not want to further injure an animal.

When Animal Rescue came, the officer took the cat away and will be scanning it for a microchip to see if it belongs to anyone.

Even though it is just an animal, the driver still should have stopped when they felt something hit their car. So many people do not stop when they hit an animal or a human being, because they are thinking of only themselves and not trying to do the right thing, by taking responsibility. They make up all sorts of excuses when they are caught, like they thought it was "just a squirrel," or "a cardboard box," and do not stop and check if they hit something living. It is the reason why we passed drunk driving laws, and laws against texting while driving. It is the reason why we need our drivers on the road to be aware at all times.

It is always best to check if you hit something, in case it is an animal, or a person. That person is someone's family member, friend, lover. That animal could be part of wildlife, or it could be someone's pet.

I ask if you have any information on this accident to turn it over to the police.

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Frosty the Snowman January 28, 2014 at 08:53 PM
Accidents happen, keep your pets inside.
Terri Weissenberg January 29, 2014 at 07:27 AM
Watch your language please. Maine Coon is a large long haired gorgeous kitty. Easily seen if a driver is looking. Yes accidents happen but they can also be avoided. Yes Kitty should be kept inside but that can be difficult with high-energy ones. It's the driver who's at fault here they hit the cat and they went on without stopping.
Proud Hamster January 29, 2014 at 08:32 AM
Maybe we need dedicated "cat lanes" on our roadways. Why should bicycles be the only ones getting special treatment?
JohnnyMass January 29, 2014 at 09:13 AM
Use common sense, and don't let pets roam free. Not only are they in danger of being struck by vehicles, but coyotes and other predators are out there, too! And the jerk who didn't stop is a gutless puke!
EJ Kropp January 29, 2014 at 09:35 AM
There is a lot of merit to not letting your pets roam free, especially in 20 degree weather, however if you hit an animal you are supposed to be responsible for your actions.
Frosty the Snowman January 29, 2014 at 11:23 AM
What's the law on this? I highly doubt a driver can be held responsible for an accidental roadkill. Drivers hit people and are found not at fault all the time. Unless you drive across the street up on the sidewalk and hit the animal it will never be the driver's fault. Also I'm not standing in a road or touching a wounded animal, both dangerous situations.
Baba Booey January 29, 2014 at 11:30 AM
It's just a cat.
CKing January 29, 2014 at 04:11 PM
I would be devastated if it were my cat.
Marg G January 29, 2014 at 05:14 PM
I would be devastated too. my cat is my baby.
Linda Picelli January 29, 2014 at 05:28 PM
That's a very mean thing to say, oh it's just a cat. Animals are family too and it's really sad that poor cat was hit like that, left to suffer and die, just so sad. The driver should have stopped to see if he/she could have done something instead of just taking off. My mother had a cat that she loved, she was a white Angora cat, she was so pretty and so cute, my mother loved that cat, her name was snowball, and she was smart too, she listened to my mother all the time, she was a great cat. Well, sadly she was hit by some moron on our street cause he was driving to fast and hit our cat. Well, my mother was heartbroken, my mother cried when Snowball died, she just loved her so much, she was so attached and because of that, she was afraid to get another cat because she didn't want to go through that again. So, for anyone to say "Oh, it's just a cat", is really a insensitive jerk.
Ethan Hunt January 29, 2014 at 06:35 PM
If I ever see someone drive away after hitting a cat or dog, you can be damn certain I will follow that person to the edge of the universe to make sure they claim responsibility. So be aware people, the leader of MI6 is out there and watching.
Baba Booey January 29, 2014 at 08:30 PM
Still just a cat. Was it a surgeon that pulled the hit-and-run. Would he have sprung to action. I doubt it. This whole Monday morning quarterbacking of what the proper way for a cat that entered the fiield of traffic to die is totally self-serving. I am more caring than you etc.... Total rubbish.
Proud Hamster January 29, 2014 at 08:41 PM
When I used to run cross country I saw this many times. The worst is when the cats eyeballs pop out due to the pressure. I don't even like cats but this stands out to me as particularly gruesome.
Ethan Hunt January 29, 2014 at 08:53 PM
That is funny Baba Booey, that line that you said, "Still just a cat", oh wait, it's not funny, it's ignorant and so are you. BTW, I don't recall reading anywhere that someone stated, "I am more caring than you". Then again your comment is a perfect example of the "tough guy behind the keyboard" lore. As well as your name (Baba Booey) which tells me your probably one of the many ignorant people that listen to Howard Stern. So basically everything you say is, oh how did you put it, rubbish. Please, do us all a favor and go back to playing minecraft and watching porn.
Frosty the Snowman January 29, 2014 at 09:01 PM
Howard Stern is a massive advocate for pet adoption he has done more for animals than you ever will. I'm not taking someone else's pet to the emergency hospital, I did not drive up on your front lawn and hit your mailbox, your pet was in the street will any owner step up here and say "I know it's not the driver's fault, my cat should be indoors, but I would appreciate it if they attempted to identify the body or notified the police." That's the reality, I don't have to care for the animal you put at risk.
Ethan Hunt January 29, 2014 at 09:04 PM
Frosty, you should learn how to spell the word the describes you best, M.O.R.O.N
Frosty the Snowman January 30, 2014 at 03:13 AM
@RGD, I don't appreciate the name calling tactic Ethan Hunt posted. I consider it a personal attack.
andipandi January 30, 2014 at 11:31 AM
Even if the driver could not have saved the cat (!?!), and even if the cat should not be in the street, basic common decency says that you at least stop, check for life/id tags, call animal control or the police. Moving it off the street so it doesnt get repeatedly run over is also nice. Really being a standup person would be to take it to the vet. That's what my conscience would tell me to do.
Baba Booey January 30, 2014 at 12:17 PM
#Frosty. There have been unconfirmed reports that Ryan Grannon-Doll was laid off. His link on the main page is also dead. Looks like the inmates will be running the asylum for a little while.
Baba Booey January 30, 2014 at 12:20 PM
# Ethan. Your a total bellend! A Nancy Boy too I bet!
Ethan Hunt January 30, 2014 at 12:32 PM
Yes, the world is full of internet tough guys, Frosty your still a moron and Baba you win second place for dipshit of the week. It was a very close race though between you and Frosty. I'm done with this post. I actually have a girlfriend, something you two would know nothing about. lmfao
Baba Booey January 30, 2014 at 12:35 PM
No way you have a girlfriend. Defending a cat with that much vigor. Your a total tosser! A full time wanker!
Paula Ridenti January 30, 2014 at 06:36 PM
Thank you for your warm comments and feelings about this story.
justin case March 25, 2014 at 03:38 PM
Regarding "Ethan Hunt", this turd also trolls Craigslist Rants & Raves setting people straight and keeping the site safe for mankind! He likes to email people and accuse them of being keyboard tough guys much as he is doing here. Whatta loser!
justin case March 25, 2014 at 03:38 PM
Ethan; you call Frosty a moron? It's YOU'RE a moron, moron, not your.
justin case March 25, 2014 at 03:41 PM
@ Proud Hamster: you should leave this site immediately, Ethan Hunt may try and stuff you in his ass!

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