Dog run over by FedEx truck; driver speeds off
HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. (KATV) -- A Heber Springs woman wants answers after her dog was struck and killed by a FedEx truck last week.
Donna Lewis watched in horror 11 days ago as the truck ran right over her dog in her front yard. But what she's most upset about is the fact that the driver didn't even slow down or stop, and instead sped off.
"He still just kept on going, I'll never understand that as long as I live," Donna said.
Sage Marie was the dog's name. She was more to Donna than a pet--but a beloved, nearly ten-year-old companion and service dog.
Sage spent her days laying out on the front yard, keeping a close eye out for Donna.
But what had been the dog's favorite spot became a tragic scene on December 11 when Sage was struck by the truck.
"Her body flew backwards and hit the ground," Donna explained while pointing at the spot on her front yard.
Donna says it all happened in front of her eyes as she was collecting her mail. The truck, according to Donna, sped off, leaving her behind on the street, screaming and cradling her dead dog's body.
"She was my heart, my child," Donna added.
She filed a police report with the Cleburne County Sheriff's office the very next day. In it, the officer valued Sage at $3,000 dollars.
During the interview Channel 7 crews even flagged down another delivery truck driver. We asked him what he would've done in a similar situation. He told us he would have definitely stopped and pulled over, and that there's no way the FedEx driver couldn't have known he struck the dog.
"He needs to be remorseful for what he did. He ran off the road. He wasn't paying attention, but that could've been a child sitting there, just as well as my dog was sitting," she added.
But one bright spot emerges from the tragic story. Someone anonymously gifted Donna with a four-month-old Pitbull puppy; Donna has named her Mattie Renee.
FedEx released a statement saying "Safety is our highest priority and we extend our deepest sympathies to the family of the dog involved in this accident. We take this allegation very seriously and are working directly with the authorities."
The company goes on to say that based on the outcome of the investigation, the company plans to take "appropriate action".