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I was in such shock when the dog's head was crushed in front of me that I could not talk. I only wanted to pick up the dog and take her home. I knew she was dead. He got out of the car and said he was sorry and asked what he could do. I told him to buy me another dog since he killed this one. He said that he would not buy me another dog but would try to go to get a blanket to cover up the dog he killed.
He just kept saying it was an accident as though that made it fine. He had no feelings for dogs. And asked me what I expected him to do. And when I'd tell him, he couldn't do it he said.
I live in Walton County Florida on Scenic Route 30A. This county has the worst system of roads, particularly on 30A. There is a county road, then a large patch of grass, then a sidewalk in some places (on which bicycles and pedestrians walk and it is amazing a bicyce hasn't hit anyone, particularly at night, since they ride with no lights, and then there is this cobblestone path in some sections next to the planting strip that is next to the sidewalk. This fellow had a main road to go on to park, not to be barrelling down a cobblestone strip.
I moved her from California and worked with Department of Transportation. I know classifications of roads and requirements. Florida, particularly Walton County, has made up their own. I have talked before with the County Supervisor who represents this area and told her that someone is going to get killed or maimed because of their system and classification of roads, which do not conform to DOT specifications. I had no idea it would be my dog that would be killed right in front of me and I would see it all.
I replied to your answer. But got cut off.
Hi, Thanks for this reply.
I talked with the county transportation and roads department,
Apparently, this cobblestone path is a private path owned by Alys Beach. So I was told I had to take up the issue with the Alyx Beach Homeowners' Association.
Apparently, private property roads and paths don't have to post anything.
I came from California and worked with CalTRANS and knew the rules of the road. This place is a resort area with many upscale private developments.
I can go to the homeowners; meeting and tell them about what happened and ask them to do something. But I think the best thing to do is to stay off the sidewalks with a pet . . . or myself,
Or understand I have to resort to a lawsuit to the homeowners association if I have an injury.
Hello: It is too soon to rate you, I am not really satisfied with your answer. But that may be due more to how I phrased the question and also that I am not thinking clearly since I saw this accident. I have such complex emotions about it that I need counseling. I am going to talk to a therapist tomorrow. I think I am looking to the law for a solution (I graduated from law school and worked as an legal researcher for years), a solution for which the law has no satisfactory answer. I worked in California and just moved to Florida so didn't feel I had the presence of mind to look up Florida's liability laws. And slso Florida has many private roads or roads that the county has given over to private entities to manage. It adds another layer of complexity. The law here offers little succor for such a great tragedy to me. And I want to make sure that I rate you with a more clear mind.
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