By: Sharon Aron Baron
A day full of joy for one family was tragically cut short after a passing motorist killed their beloved dog.
On Christmas Day, Coral Springs resident Will Silva was walking three-year-old dog Romeo near Kensington North on Westview around 5:00 p.m. when something spooked the dog. Romeo pulled, making his leash snap, then ran into the street.
Will managed to get cars to stop, but one pickup truck driver who ran over Romeo didn’t and continued driving away.
A bystander who witnessed the scene, helped Will as he attempted CPR on Romeo until his sisters Emanuelle and Tai, a nurse, arrived. Romeo was losing a lot of blood and was in grave condition.
After they drove him to Coral Springs Animal Hospital, the doctors continued CPR for ten more minutes, but Romeo was unresponsive. They believed he died on impact.
Emanuelle said their baby boy brought them so much joy and love and loved everyone — and everyone loved him.
“On a special day like that, a joyful day, where you spend time with family unwrapping gifts, my family and I were wrapping up our baby and saying our goodbyes,” she said, adding that Romeo was brought into their lives during a difficult time. Now silence lingers throughout their home.
Will said he doesn’t remember much about the pickup truck as he was still traumatized. All of his attention was just focused on Romeo. The family would like to find the person who would do this and not even try to help.
“If you were the driver, all I ask is for you to acknowledge what you did, and apologize,” said Emmanuelle.
She said the family is heavy with grief during this time.
“The law may not be on our side, but humanity is, and I ask that you speak up and apologize for carelessly driving away.”
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