NC Woman Killed Trying To Help Cat

A North Carolina woman who stopped to help a cat that had just been hit by a car was struck and killed by another car.

WRAL-TV reports that 60-year-old Melinda Grossman of Chapel Hill was hit and killed Saturday evening in Carrboro, about 30 miles west of Raleigh.

Police say Grossman had stopped to help an injured cat on the roadway. She was hit by a 71-year-old driver who didn't see her bending over to help the cat because it was dark, and she was wearing dark clothing.

Police say the driver was going the speed limit and that no charges will be filed.

WRAL reports the cat did not survive.


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  • by ROSE Location: WISCONSIN on Jul 22, 2010 at 08:07 PM
    THIS IS FOR MR T. YOUR RIGHT ABOUT ALL YOU WROTE.YOU ARE MY HERO. YOU ARE SO RIGHT TO SPEAK UP FOR ANIMALS MOST PEOPLE SIT THERE AND DO NOTHING. YOU KEEP DOIN G WHAT YOU ARE YOUR A SWEETHEART
  • by ROSE GAUTHIER Location: wisc on Jan 24, 2010 at 07:12 AM
    What happened to the cat?did someone end up helping it?
  • by ROSE GAUTHIER Location: wisconsin on Jan 24, 2010 at 05:51 AM
    If you hit an animal you should stop to help it you hit it it may not be dead.i hate people thatbhit an animal and drive off i chased a woman down one time cause she didnt stop after hittng a wild animal. you should stop if you get killed to bad. i will chase anyone down who hits an animal and drives off.
  • by e Location: greenville on Dec 15, 2009 at 11:33 AM
    she was doing the right thing! bless her family!
  • by retribution on Dec 14, 2009 at 05:39 PM
    you will not face retribution from the owner (in the legal sense that is), you can in fact sue for damages to your vehicle because of their neglect. i wouldnt do that, unless they had a large animal that totaled my car, bc it seems cruel, but pet owners are duty bound to keep their pets safe--thats not your job. you cant help it if someone neglects their animals safety and they run out in the road at night. also, mr t, im no wino or thug. im a mother. my life is valuable to my family--no cat is going to go to work and pay my mortgage and put food on the table if i die trying to save it. i love cats but am not going to die for one. i am sorry that this ladys family has to suffer her loss for it.
  • by running over animals in the dark on Dec 14, 2009 at 05:30 PM
    if im driving by myself and hit an animal and its dark outside, i am NOT stopping to help it. i am not getting killed by helping something thats already probably going to die. plus as a woman, its not safe these days. im not some good for nothing soul, ive hit a possum before and felt awful about it. but i didnt stop to help it bc it was midnight! (i was coming off of work). this poor woman paid the ultimate price for a cat. well she had a good heart, thats all i can say. stop and think about what your life is worth before doing something that might be dangerous. and decide if its worth the risk.
  • by jim Location: washington on Dec 14, 2009 at 05:13 PM
    A HEADLINE YOU WILL NEVER READ Cat Killed While Trying To Help Woman
  • by Edge Location: Grimesland on Dec 14, 2009 at 04:27 PM
    The responsible party here is the one that owns the cat, if it even had an owner (if not, then it's the person(s) that let their cats reproduce and turn into feral cats). Why was this animal out and about? It's irresponsible to let any domestic animal run free. Now this one and a human is dead. Everyone should realize the consequence of the cat owner's irresponsibility and lack of respect for the cat and other humans.
  • by to MrT on Dec 14, 2009 at 04:07 PM
    I would not try to hit anyone, but yes if I were to hit a human being I would call 911 and check on them to make sure they were safe. To respond to hitting any animal. I just don't like when people have pets and let them roam. If you are a good pet owner you would want to watch your pet like you would watch a child. On my way to work today I saw a beautiful poodle run after a car on a busy highway and get hit. Thank God she did not die, but if her owner loves her and want her to have time to roam then keep her in a fence and let her roam. Not on a busy highway.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 14, 2009 at 03:49 PM
    God bless this woman's family. She died a hero and will definitely be rewarded by our creator in Heaven. Not many people would have done what this woman done. There seems like there is no more compassion these days. I know in my heart I would have done the same thing. I love cats and I love dogs. God bless the family of this woman and I pray God will have mercy on the one that hit this woman and the cat she was trying to save.
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