Woman hit by car dies 75-year-old tried to save cat on I-91

A Putney woman gave her life Sunday to save a cat trapped on the median of Interstate 91. Full Story
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TJR

Stratford, CT

#2 Feb 1, 2010
New Clear Waste wrote:
Wow, they traded one possible road kill for a much bigger & messier one. Her friend must have been really grossed out. I guess if I see a cat in the median I'll let the police handle it, I don't want to see any old ladies getting squished on the highway. Condolences to her friend and her family.
This is a very tasteless comment. This is a great tragedy for all involved.
Chu

Keene, NH

#3 Feb 1, 2010
"Grossed out?" You're talking about a human being, NCW. I'm sure she never expected her life would end this way, but at least she was trying to help another living thing. I hope her friends and family never read your "condolences."
TNB

Memphis, TN

#4 Feb 1, 2010
New Clear Waste wrote:
Wow, they traded one possible road kill for a much bigger & messier one. Her friend must have been really grossed out. I guess if I see a cat in the median I'll let the police handle it, I don't want to see any old ladies getting squished on the highway. Condolences to her friend and her family.
You are a mean spirited loser....What an uncalled for post!
BLocal

Stowe, VT

#5 Feb 1, 2010
New Clear Waste wrote:
Wow, they traded one possible road kill for a much bigger & messier one. Her friend must have been really grossed out. I guess if I see a cat in the median I'll let the police handle it, I don't want to see any old ladies getting squished on the highway. Condolences to her friend and her family.
A woman with famiuly and friends dies tragically and this is what you have to say about it??
Maybe someday you can look up the meaning of "class" and try to cultivate some in your character.
Linda Brown Hope MI

Higgins Lake, MI

#6 Feb 1, 2010
Hey Clear Waste! What a loser you are and a heartless piece of scum! This wonderful woman gave her life to save a defenseless animal and to me, she is a hero in the true sense of the word and my heart goes out to her family and friends, especially the friend who witnessed this horrible tragedy. I would have done the same thing as she, I would have tried to rescue the cat myself as I have two and they are the light of my life. Chances are, some dirtbag probably tossed the cat instead of bringing it to the Humane Society. SO Waste? If you have nothing good to say, then keep your pie hole shut!!

Since: May 08

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#7 Feb 1, 2010
New Clear Waste wrote:
Wow, they traded one possible road kill for a much bigger & messier one. Her friend must have been really grossed out. I guess if I see a cat in the median I'll let the police handle it, I don't want to see any old ladies getting squished on the highway. Condolences to her friend and her family.
Yeah this isn't one of your usual classy, relevant, good-taste comments you usually make NC. Fail.

As for the incident itself, there may not have been "speeding" involved, but if the solar glare was a factor, then the driver was traveling to fast for safety. If your visibility is hindered by anything, you need to slow down. Never drive faster than your vision allows for safe driving. Was he using a mobile phone at the time perhaps?

My condolences to the family. A good-hearted deed rewarded by tragedy. Horrible.
BMR

Durham, NC

#8 Feb 1, 2010
Linda Brown Hope MI wrote:
Hey Clear Waste! What a loser you are and a heartless piece of scum! This wonderful woman gave her life to save a defenseless animal and to me, she is a hero in the true sense of the word and my heart goes out to her family and friends, especially the friend who witnessed this horrible tragedy. I would have done the same thing as she, I would have tried to rescue the cat myself as I have two and they are the light of my life. Chances are, some dirtbag probably tossed the cat instead of bringing it to the Humane Society. SO Waste? If you have nothing good to say, then keep your pie hole shut!!
So, you would walk out into the middle of an interstate around a blind corner to save a cat? Good for you, you are a better person then I, but also not very smart . Under no circumstances should you ever try to walk across an interstate. If you want, pull over call the police to save it. Don't take your life into your own hands. God rest this poor women's soul and good luck to the driver and passenger who will have to live with this forever.

Just a horrible tragedy all around.
TJR

Stratford, CT

#9 Feb 1, 2010
Vermont citizen wrote:
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Yeah this isn't one of your usual classy, relevant, good-taste comments you usually make NC. Fail.
As for the incident itself, there may not have been "speeding" involved, but if the solar glare was a factor, then the driver was traveling to fast for safety. If your visibility is hindered by anything, you need to slow down. Never drive faster than your vision allows for safe driving. Was he using a mobile phone at the time perhaps?
My condolences to the family. A good-hearted deed rewarded by tragedy. Horrible.
The driver was going the speed limit as verified by witnesses. He had his seatbelt on and also had his 9 yr old daughter in the car. This is a terrible tragedy for both families involved. For poor Cynthia as well as Jonathan and his family. Cynthia has left family and friends behind and Jonathan and his daughter now have to deal with this for the rest of their lives.
Doug

Olmsted Falls, OH

#10 Feb 1, 2010
RIP Aunt Cindy..:(
Doug

Olmsted Falls, OH

#11 Feb 1, 2010
If you knew this woman, you would understand..she was a wonderful kind hearted person who tried to rescue evry stray she coiuld, she had 8 cats and 2 dogs and took care of them all very well, and took care of her 80 year old husband. It surprises NONE of the Family or friends to know she died this way. If the police have ruled out alcohol, drugs and speed as a reason for the acccident, then I really feel for this 28 year old gentleman who has to live with this tragedy for the rest of his life. God Bless you all for your kind commenets, and as for the idiot at the top, you will get yours in the end.
TJR

Stratford, CT

#12 Feb 1, 2010
Doug wrote:
If you knew this woman, you would understand..she was a wonderful kind hearted person who tried to rescue evry stray she coiuld, she had 8 cats and 2 dogs and took care of them all very well, and took care of her 80 year old husband. It surprises NONE of the Family or friends to know she died this way. If the police have ruled out alcohol, drugs and speed as a reason for the acccident, then I really feel for this 28 year old gentleman who has to live with this tragedy for the rest of his life. God Bless you all for your kind commenets, and as for the idiot at the top, you will get yours in the end.
Doug I am truely sorry for your loss. I myself am an animal lover and would have done the same thing as your Aunt Cynthia. Knowing Jonathan, this IS very difficult for him and his family. He is a really caring guy. A husband and a father of 2. His 9 yr. old daughter was with them when this happened and he was devestated even though this was not to his error. This was a VERY unfortunate situation of the wrong place & wrong time. My condolences to you and your family as well as Jonathan's.
New Clear Waste

Brattleboro, VT

#13 Feb 1, 2010
Vermont citizen wrote:
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Yeah this isn't one of your usual classy, relevant, good-taste comments you usually make NC. Fail.
I apologize. I didn't mean disrespect for the victim. Levity is the best way I know to deal with tragedy, I can't stand moroseness in those situations.

I stand by letting the police handle it. There's a reason pedestrians aren't permitted on highways, and in this case a humane concern for animals led to a bad decision and a tragic outcome. I feel bad for the 9-year-old who witnessed the death from her own car.
Ray

Randolph Center, VT

#14 Feb 1, 2010
Once again no body is responsible for there own actions blame it on the cat or the poor woman who tried to save cat.If you cant see some one on 91 in broad daylite you should not be driving.Was he texting?Or on the cell?I work on road projects and there are a lot of airheads who dont see any thing in the road.And to clear waste get a life.Also if you seen a car side of the road would'nt you slow down out of common respect?
tragedy

Brattleboro, VT

#16 Feb 1, 2010
Horrible tragedy as this woman was only trying to do "the right thing" for the lost cat. Like most bad decisions, it probably came from the heart and not the head. For the safety of everyone: walking along the interstate is illegal and a misdemeanor for a reason. It's strange that some are so eager to look to blame the driver (going to fast? cell phone? texting? drunk? blinded by solar glare?). Walking on the interstate = illegal and bad idea every time -- no matter what.
Dr William J Pentergast

Brattleboro, VT

#17 Feb 1, 2010
The woman had no right to be on the highway.... she used very poor judgement and that is unfortunate as to what she got. She should of pulled far to the side of the road with 4 ways on and if she had a cell.... call it in. The poor driver if he did not see her with a solar flair in the way...... she be in no way have a feeling of sorrow to carry on his shoulders for ever. People just do not think and as far as I am concerned, my heart goes out to the poor husband on a senseless action of a nice woman, that used very poor judgement. Just think if the occupants of the car all died as well.....
Rusty Shakelford

Tilton, NH

#18 Feb 1, 2010
As saddening as this story is we all need to step back and look at what happened. I 91 is a busy interstate. It is meant for motor vehicles, not pedestrians. In a situeation like this you really need to weigh the risk vs. reward factor. No human life is worth risking for that of an animal. My condolances to all involved. Lets please take this as a hard learned lesson, and not repeat it in the future.
New Clear Waste

Brattleboro, VT

#19 Feb 1, 2010
Elmer J Fudd wrote:
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Go crawl back in your hole, hateful stooge.
Go for a walk on I-91, sociopath. Admit it, you'd swerve to hit a liberal on the road.
jway

Muscle Shoals, AL

#21 Feb 1, 2010
Its a shame the lady got hit trying to save an animal.My condolences to the family.But you know we all do some things at the spur of the moment with out thinking.Some men jump on a grenade to save there buddies/
anon

Brattleboro, VT

#23 Feb 1, 2010
anon wrote:
<quoted text> oh shut up you miserable old crotch. You are a mean and heartless individual who deserves a 25 year mandatory for your loud and obnoxious mouth. My god linda please go rescue a stray cat on a sun glared highway you idiot and hopefully,just hopefully a mack truck will come along and take care of your miserable ****. You are a dangerous individual with no heart toward man kind.
sorry buddy not directected toward you i meant to put this reply in lindas miserable box..ignore it.
Animal lover

Northampton, MA

#25 Feb 1, 2010
To Doug, my sincere condolences. I did not know Cindy but I am good friends with a close relative of hers (and yours?) who lives in Mass, and thinks she would be happy knowing she left the world trying to do what she loved - to rescue a helpless animal. I think I would have liked her very much.

Linda, I agree that somebody probably tossed the cat out the car window. I also feel terrible for the friend, the guy who hit her and his little girl. I don't think it was his fault and it sounds like it was unavoidable. I've had people dash out in front of me and almost hit them through no fault of my driving. I can only imagine how these people are traumatized, perhaps for life.

To the mean-spirited jerks who are posting nasty comments I hope you're never trapped somewhere completely helpless and terrified. And there's the difference between you and me. I hope you're never in that situation, and you're wishing it on people. Now is NOT the time to be commenting on poor judgment, though it was not a good choice regardless of outcome. It IS the time to be expressing sadness and sympathy for Cindy, her family, and the people involved in the accident.

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