Killing some cattle in the road and not knowing their owner

Q: What is the ruling on a person who was on a journey and ran over a farm animal and does not know who the owner is?

A: The person who ran over the animal must pay its value to its owner or his heirs. If this is not possible, he should give its value in charity on behalf of its owner. If its owner comes, or his heirs, he should tell them of what he has done. The owner may approve of his action or not, and in the second case he must pay the value (again) to its owner.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.