An Australian Shepherd named Kuri was reunited with her owner after the dog ran away during a hit-and-run accident in downtown Louisville, on Thursday, December 12, 2013. Kuri, 5, was found by the Louisville Metro Police officers outside the Jefferson County Youth Center on December 13. Police said that Kuri and her owner were riding in a horse-drawn carriage when the carriage was struck by a vehicle. This caused Kuri to run away and the horse to get loose. The horse was found near 9th and Market Streets. The accident also left three people injured, but all were treated for minor injuries. I am glad that Kuri was found and returned safe and sound. I am also relieved that the passengers on the carriage had non-life threatening injuries.
The hit-and-run driver
The driver of the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run accident wasn't located. Anyone with information should call the LMPD anonymous tip line at 502-574-LMPD. The vehicle was described as an older Taurus or Camaro and has damage to the hood.
Hit-and-run accidents can be especially tough because the victim may have not had the chance to see the car or driver before it drove off. This is very frustrating for the victim. Hit-and-run cases rely on any detail the victim can give, but they especially rely on eye witnesses. Witnesses could be other drivers, nearby pedestrians or other people in the accident area. Police will do their best to gather information about the at-fault driver, but they can only gather so much information. There are tip lines, like the one mentioned above, that you may call with any details about an accident. It's very important to report any information that you may have, because you are helping out the accident victim. In some cases, you may even get a reward. If you witness an accident where the driver drives away, please contact the police.
As an animal lover, I don't like hearing stories like this. Fortunately, Kuri and her owner were reunited and no one was seriously hurt. I only wish they could have caught the hit-and-run driver. If you have any information, please call the tip line. Your name will not be given out to anyone. I would hate to see my own dog get hit by a car and not know who hit them.