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Speeding drivers cause accidents, pain

Greg and Jesse Hopkins
Posted 11/14/19

Living in a place like Taos comes with many amazing pluses to life that you cannot find in any big city. The beauty is beyond compare, the people are mostly fantastic.

Yet there is a sad reality also hiding on the roads of Taos. Anyone and everyone knows about this reality.

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Speeding drivers cause accidents, pain

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Slow down!

Living in a place like Taos comes with many amazing pluses to life that you cannot find in any big city. The beauty is beyond compare, the people are mostly fantastic.

Yet there is a sad reality also hiding on the roads of Taos. Anyone and everyone knows about this reality.

People drive recklessly and without concern for the well-being of other lives. People and animals alike. Paying no mind and driving way over the speed limit.

What's worse are those heartless people who are capable of creating massive pain and running away from it.

On a recent morning on East Camino Abajo in Ranchos de Taos, our sweet, loving Fluff was struck by a reckless driver who was not paying attention and swerved onto the shoulder and struck him as he stood waiting in our driveway for my wife to reach him for their walk to the post office.

The sound of the impact and the sight of our sweet dog being spun into the air and smashing to the floor was the most painful experience in my wife's life.

Worst of all the driver sped off once they realized someone was on the scene.

Here we were left with a poor innocent soul crushed and bleeding - cries of the most painful nature coming from his lungs as he bellowed out.

After being turned away from a noncaring, heartless vet's office, we were rushed into the medical facility at a well-known vet past the Old Blinking Light.

Now, days later, our sweet friend waits for his surgery at Gruda Veterinary Hospital. His future not certain and facing an uphill fight - leaving a disabled veteran and a waitress scared and struggling to comprehend where we are going to find how to make this work.

For your loved ones and their loved ones - slow down. Think of how dangerous it is to have thousands of pounds of steel in your control and lose control of it.

Fluff did not deserve this. Nor does our other dog Odin, who has been holding strong at the window crying for him to return.

To help Fluff,  donate at https://www.gofundme.com/f/friends-of-fluff .

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