29 year old Meredith Murphy lost control as her 2018 Nissan Kicks and rolled rolled 4 times coming to rest upright.
Driver Rolls Vehicle, Dog Rescued, NEW WILLARD, June 16, 2020 - At approximately 9:25 am on June 16, 2020, a black 2018 Nissan Kicks, driven by Meredith Murphy, 29, of Houston, was north-bound on US-59. Murphy was riding with her dog, Raider. She became distracted by Raider and took her eyes off the road. Murphy's vehicle left the pavement to the left. She over corrected right and lost control. According to witnesses, her vehicle rolled four times and came to rest upright just south of Loop 116. Witnesses stopped their vehicles, got out and ran to assist Murphy. Murphy's back windshield was shattered as she climbed out through it. Raider also jumped through the window and took off. Good Samaritans ran after Raider and caught him, brought him back, put Raider in their pickup and calmed him down. In the meantime, Allegiance Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Corporal Ramey Bass with the Texas Highway Patrol. EMS personnel tended to Murphy and also checked Raider's condition. Both were released at the scene. Murphy only sustained a few bumps and scratches, but was otherwise okay. Her vehicle was recovered by Ken's Towing and will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston. This accident remains under investigation by the Texas Highway Patrol.
EDITOR'S NOTE: As a local reporter for 10 plus years, I've covered a lot of wrecks where a dog was in the wrecked vehicle. If the dog takes off, it's VERY VERY RARE that the dog is ever seen again.
Murphy climbed out of her vehicle through the shattered rear windshield as did her dog, Raider. Raider was very frightened and took off running.
GOOD SAMARITANS: These witnesses to the accident stopped to help Murphy. They also chased down and coralled her dog, Raider, and returned him to safety.
Corporal Ramey Bass with the Texas Highway Patrol is the accident investigator.
EMS personnel check on the condition of Raider. Raider was physically okay, but frightened.
Both Murphy and Raider were checked and released.
Murphy and Raider were thankful to the Good Samaritans from Livingston.
Murphy's vehicle was recovered by Ken's Towing.
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