Man wants apology from driver who killed dog in hit and run

BATTLE CREEK, Mich.-- A man whose dog was killed in a hit and run is hoping his cry for help will get the attention of the city and the person who did it.

William Davenport's two wiener dogs, Thelma and Louise mean the world to him but now, that duo is down to one. Thelma ran onto South 24th Street on the evening of October 11 while Davenport was letting the dogs out. Davenport says he watched her get hit by a silver pick-up truck, which drove away without stopping.

“She bounced across the street and the truck kept going," Davenport tells FOX 17.

The speed limit on South 24th Street is 25 miles per hour. Davenport says the pick-up truck was going much faster than that and sees cars speed down his street all the time. Now, he wants something done about it.

“I just want speed bumps down here," says Davenport. "That’s all I want.”

According to Mayor Mike Behnke, the city of Battle Creek's policy is to no longer install speed bumps. Behnke tells FOX 17 that policy has been in place for a year. He says any resident concerned about speeding should alert law enforcement.

What Davenport says is most important to him though, is to get an apology from the driver who killed Thelma.

“I just want the guy to come forward. That’s all I want," says Davenport.

It's not just the safety of his pets that concern him. Davenport lives next door to a day care center and says he's worried about the safety of children.

“There’s kids that walk down to school every day, Monday through Friday they come down here," says Davenport.

He says it haunts him to think it could happen again.

“I can’t sleep at night," says Davenport. "All I see is that truck coming by and clobbering my dog and keeps going.”

Behnke says while he cannot speak specifically about Davenport's concerns, he's confident that local police will address speeding issues brought to them by residents.

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6 comments

      • Matt

        Owners fault. If you know people speed down your street put your dog on its leash. Which is required by most municipalities. I bet the day care next to him has fenced in yard so the kids cant go in the street…. dont hold others accountable for your shortcomings.

      • Sick of the crap

        Get a clue jmg. You are the kind of moron that gives idiots a bad name. The next time you get hot coffee at McD be careful, it says hot on the side for a reason and don’t try to start a lawsuit….

  • Michael

    The dog owner should be giving the pickup driver an apology. That dog may have damaged the pickup.

    It’s not a hit and run. There’s no requirement to stop after hitting an animal. It doesn’t matter if it’s a squirrel, raccoon, dog, or cat. Keep your animal out of the street and I will keep my vehicle out of your yard.

  • Mac Woods

    “Hit & Run”? Really? That’s funny. I had no idea that there was such a thing as “hit & run” when it’s a dog or ANY domestic animal. Pretty irresponsible writing (Mr? Ms?) Elnashar. Your headline implies that a crime was committed. The guy hit a stinking dog. Not a little boy. Get a grip.