Woman speaks out after dog killed by hit-and-run driver
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida dog owner who risked her own life to save her dog is devastated after the hit-and-run driver never stopped to help her and her dog.
Carla Rescia of Fort Lauderdale is walking with a limp, but her heart is filled with pain. "He was the love of my life, my baby, and now he's gone," said Rescia.
The love her life she speaks about is Pasta, her 13-year-old poodle mix. He was killed after he climbed out of Rescia's SUV and walked into the busy street of Northeast 18th Avenue. "I was getting my dogs out of that truck, and my little one went right here ... that's his blood," she said, "and I went to get him, and the guy was coming way too fast, and I tried to get him, and the guy hit me and the dog."
Rescia suffered a leg injury, but little Pasta did not survive.
The driver of the newer model, black, four-door Mercury Montego left the scene shortly after impact. "He stopped because he hit me. I went on the roof of his car, he hit me and the dog, so he had to stop," said Rescia. "Then he realized I crawled underneath the car to get my dog out, and once he realized I wasn't under there he took off."
Rescia is devastated by the loss of Pasta, and she has a message for the driver. "I want them to come forward and say what they did and apologize for killing my dog," she said.
If you have any information on this hit-and-run driver, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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