Why did the ducks cross the road? We don't know, and it doesn't really matter. Point is, one duck had no luck in Rancho Santa Margarita.
The Orange County Sheriff's Department was notified Thursday that a duck got hit in the intersection of Santa Margarita Parkway and Avenida de las Fundadores. The victim was a hardy duck and didn't die right away, according to the blotter of the OCSD.
Because it was still alive, hanging onto dear life, the good residents of RSM swerved to avoid hitting the duck and putting it out of its misery.
Compounding the issue, there were also other ducks in the intersection, creating additional obstacles on the asphalt pond.
It took about 10 minutes, but the ducks eventually made it through the intersection—though there's no indication why they didn't simply fly away. Sadly, the duck that was initially hit didn't live to continue the journey.
A caller reported that a silver Toyota pickup appeared to be speeding and hit the duck that eventually died.
This report was culled from the Orange County Sheriff's website. Not all facts in each report are made public; the outcome of the report and the facts may differ from the original blotter item. There should be no assumption of guilt based on this limited information.