It was late and dark and I was late to pick up my sister I had already got lost and was already starting to panic as her and her friend were out in the cold. I was driving along when i seen a dog on the other side of the road, I decided to drive on already being late and thinking maybe the dog would stay on the other side but as i drove the dog started barking and next thing i knew i hit and drove over it. I stopped for a second wanting to go back and see if it was ok but it was dark i heard the yelp when i went over it and i decided its prob dead as a doornail. I didn't know which house it belonged to and i was scared of the owner shouting at me. I already suffer from depression/anxiety and i love dogs. I was in a state of panic after i drove away. I feel like a murderer i feel soso bad and the thought of someone finding their dead dog and knowing the person just drove on :( I never thought i would be that type of person i always thought i would have the decency to stop and check if the dogs alright or tell the owner. I feel ashamed of myself :( no hate please i already feel bad enough i just want to know what i can do to move on and feel better.
Most Helpful Guy
It was certainly very wrong of you to just keep driving. You can be lucky that it wasn't a child. Many people don't know this but the action of simply driving away after causing an accident (for example hitting a pedestrian) can lead to very severe punishments if you get caught, sometimes even prison sentences.
Also, I think it's needless to say that whatever your reasons are (stressed out etc.), they do not hold as a justification. If you get into a car, you should always pay full attention to the traffic and what's happening around you. That's why most countries don't allow you to use a cell phone while driving and don't allow people to just speed up to 200mph when they are late for something. Safety (both yours and the one of other people/animals) should always be number one priority when driving. In other words: rather be 15 minutes late than killing somebody. Friends can wait, dogs can't awake back to life.
Now that the mess is already there, the only (and morally right) thing you could do is to go back to that neighborhood, ring a couple of doorbells and find out who the dog belonged to. If you do, I think a sincere apology would be appreciated and deserved by the owner. Having depression or anxiety is no excuse for acting as though you didn't give a rat's ass.0
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Most Helpful Girl
I just wanted to say that this happened to me years ago with a cat and I did the same thing, despite my love for them.
I understand the guilt and self hatred but also understand the shock and the panic, especially if you were high, like I was at the time.0