I feel sick.
I was just driving down a secondary highway, going 55 in a 55. Meanwhile, some 'hole was tailgating me so closely, I could see every expression on her face and the passenger. Right after a bend, there is a mother duck and two ducklings crossing in a line. My instinctive reaction is to brake, but I know if I slammed the brakes and activated ABS that the 'hole behind me would seriously have rear ended me. I want to swerve into the other lane to avoid the ducks all together, but there is an oncoming car. I would have not been able to control such a swerve anyways. So I swerved right just a little bit, in hopes that I would get the mother duck and the two ducklings to go between my tires. They were traveling toward the right. I felt a crunch....
I look in my rear view immediately to find the mother duckling looking backwards, as if to take a head count of who is alive. The mother survived unharmed, and so did one duckling. At least the mother survived. If I had killed the mother, the ducklings would have no chance to live. So my plan worked most of the way. Meanwhile, the people behind the tailgater stopped and waited for the crossing.
I don't know what else I could have done . I wish I could have stopped and gotten more time to time my steering maneuver just right so that my tires would completely miss all the ducklings. But would 12ft be enough reaction distance for the guy behind me to realize that I have stopped? It was already in the dark. I hope I don't have regrets about this