Puppy mystery solved after fatal Fort Worth crash

Puppy saved

Credit: Nick Lowery

Nick Lowery, who works for the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office, provided this photo of the puppy that he pulled from the wreckage of a fatal crash early Saturday morning.



Posted on March 31, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 31 at 3:32 PM

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FORT WORTH — It turns out that a puppy initially thought to be missing after a fatal crash in far south Fort Worth early Saturday survived the impact.

Nick Lowery, who works for the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office, said he found the pet in the wreckage of a pickup truck that crashed on East Rendon Crowley Road near Spinks Airport.

"That little puppy was inside the vehicle curled up next to the body underneath some debris," Lowery wrote in a note to News 8. "How the hell he survived is beyond me."

The crash killed David Dickey, 41, of Cleburne. The driver of the truck, 36-year-old Ronald Jolly of Crowley, told police he lost control after Dickey allegedly tossed the puppy into his lap after fearing it was about to become ill.

After recovering the dog, Lowery said he gave it to one of the detectives at the scene, and believes the dog was turned over to Fort Worth Animal Control.

"Other than appearing to be scared, he didn't have any obvious injuries and appeared live and well," Lowery wrote.

Jolly was arrested and is being investigated for intoxication manslaughter after admitting he had been drinking beers at a bar.