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Asked on: 2/10/03, 9:44 pm

Dog killed by hit-and-run driver

My sister's dog was killed in the street by a hit and run driver. There was an eyewitness who has said he will cooperate, and who knows who the driver is an where he lives. The witness said that the driver was speeding down the residential street.

My mother (who my sister and the dog lived with) is considering pursuing a small claims case, to recover about $300 in vet bills.

I assume that there is a leash law where the accident happened (Eureka, CA) If so, does that eliminate the driver's responsibility? Nobody knows how the dog got out from behind a latched gate.

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