NC dog rescuer critically injured when struck by SUV while helping a dog

October 20, 2015

A member of the North Carolina animal rescue community and pit bull advocate was critically injured last night when she stopped to help a man whose dog had been hit by a car in Durham. According to an October 20 ABC11 News report, the accident occurred around 8:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of Liberty Street near North Guthrie Avenue.

Jonathan Parker, 47, flagged down 29-year-old Stephanie Wilson (AKA Stephanie Pico de Wilsky) after his dog was struck by a car. Stephanie stopped to help and that’s when all three were hit by an SUV driven by 54-year-old Margarita Hernandez De La Cruz. Parker was taken to an area hospital and treated for injuries not believed life threatening.

Stephanie was taken to Duke University Hospital where she remains in critical condition. The latest update available reports that Stephanie has come out of a medically induced coma. She has a fractured skull and a blood clot in her brain, as well as injuries to her pelvis. While all this is incredibly terrifying and her condition is critical, her friends and her doctors are cautiously optimistic that she will pull through.

A YouCaring page has been set up to raise money to cover the significant medical bills Stephanie will face since the driver had no vehicle insurance. Anyone who knows Stephanie isn’t surprised at her selfless act to help an animal in need. The YouCaring webpage states

“For anyone who knows Steph, they know that her being injured while attempting to help others is an emblematic example of her unceasing willingness to put the lives of others before herself. Over the years, Steph has rescued countless animals, often traveling to disaster areas to volunteer as a relief worker, and has never hesitated to help someone in need. Just last week she was rescuing animals from the flooding in South Carolina.”

Please keep Stephanie, her friends, and her family in your thoughts as they will all need strength in the days and weeks ahead. Stephanie has a tremendous spirit, as is evident by comments posted by friends on her Facebook page.

The dog died from injuries received when the three were hit. The accident remains under investigation. Get well soon, Steph. The dogs in need of rescue are depending on you to make a full recovery so you may continue your work.

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