Family trying to stop speeding drivers after dog killed in hit and run

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SHERWOOD, Ark. — A Sherwood family is trying to slow down speeding drivers in their neighborhood after losing their dog in a hit and run. 

A small, memorial cross stands by Jessica Cole’s mailbox along Dogwood Lane. The road in front of her home, is where she says her dog Bubbles was killed by a driver who sped off. 

“That was my baby. It was devastating. She flattened our dog,” Cole said.  “She broke all of her bones, luckily that was instant, but she died.”

Cole says her daughter had just opened the front door to go inside, when the 4-year-old pomeranian darted out of the house. She says before anyone could stop the pup a car came around the corner. 

“My daughter screamed bloody murder,” Cole said. “She [the driver] stopped when she hit her and then she took off.”

While Cole knows her dog shouldn’t have been in the road, she can’t stop wondering if this accident could have been avoided had the driver seen a reminder to slow down. 

“It’s very dangerous. People come round this corner all the time flying through here,” Cole added. 

The speed limit on Dogwood Lane is 25 mph, but there are no signs near Cole’s house. She says she’s reached out to the city asking them to add either signs alerting drivers of the speed limit or that kids play in the area. 

“Some kind of marking to let everyone know there are kids and animals that play here,” she said. “Anything that can be done would be better than nothing.”

Until that happens, Cole is keeping homemade signs in her yard. 

“If I can help save one life than what we’ve gone through might make a difference,” she said.

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