HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – A small dog is dead and a young boy is hurt...all because of a hit-and-run driver who won't fess up. That accident now leaves a Henrico family reeling from the loss of their beloved pet.
Nine year old Vadim Vogt is lucky he's still here to talk about it.
"I said, Nooooo. Rambo died. And I was crying to death," Vadim said from the steps in front of his family's Brieryle Road house.
"Rambo", was his little dog; a Shih Tzu at the end of a leash Monday morning, when a car came whizzing through the neighborhood.
Sarah Vogt is Vadim's mother.
"He started walking across the road, and the dog got all the way to here. In the middle! So obviously, they had been walking across for a while. And the car came, and Vadim says he was right here. He said, Mom I was right here," Sarah said, walking us through the scene of the accident.
The fast moving car ran over Rambo, likely killing him instantly, and Vadim was right there still holding the leash. He got pulled down to the pavement.
VADIM: "I almost got hit, like this close."
ANDY: "Did you scrape your knee?"
The driver never pulled over to look back at the road; to see a dead animal, and a child in tears.
"He felt terribly guilty and he felt like he was responsible, that he shouldn't have taken the dog for a walk. And I said, No, no sweetie. You were on a leash. It's not as if he was running away," Sarah said.
The family later buried Rambo in the backyard. And, yes, they want to know who's responsible. But it's not to get angry or get even. It's just to say, they forgive.
"Thinking vengefully is not gonna bring the dog back. And you kinda want people to have the same mentality toward you," Sarah said.
The family filed a report with animal control. But it happened so fast they didn't notice much about the car, except that it was silver. The driver, or another witness, will likely have to come forward before they ever know who did it.
The family is also hoping the dog's death raises awareness about speeding in their neighborhood. Right now, the posted speed limit on S. Mooreland Road, the site of the accident, is 25 miles per hour, but Sarah says drivers usually go more than double that.