The East Palo Alto police department is searching for the hit-and-run driver who struck a blind reverend and his guide dog in East Palo Alto.
Rev. Albert Macklin and his seeing eye dog “Eaton” left his house to meet his wife at a nearby Starbucks when a female driver backed into him. The incident occurred at 8 p.m. around Myrtle Street and Sparrow Court in East Palo Alto. Macklin, who serves at the New Sweet Home Church, exclaimed, “You hit me!” and slammed his hands into the car trunk. He then picked up his seeing eye dog from underneath the car. The dog was not hit, thankfully. The driver asked Macklin if he was okay, then said she was going to move the car forward. Macklin is certain the voice was female.
Instead, of pulling forward, the driver picked up speed, swerved around Macklin, and sped off.
Macklin is shaken from the incident. He says he is not fearful to walk around his neighborhood with “people driving who really don’t care.” Though the police are investigating the incident as a misdemeanor hit-and-run with injuries, Macklin insists that all he wants is an apology.
Macklin normally walks from his East Palo Alto home to the New Sweet Home Church at 2170 Capitol Avenue. He is not considering hiring someone to drive him to work.
Officer Jeff Liu of the East Palo Alto Police Department explained, “This just gets to the core of human compassion. For a driver to collide into a blind man with a seeing eye dog and then leave the scene without making sure he’s okay or getting medical aid… it’s just not okay.”
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the East Palo Alto Police Department at (650) 321-1112 or send an anonymous email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Anonymous texts and voicemails can also be sent to (650) 409-6792.
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