Carla Rescia was injured in a Fort Lauderdale, Florida hit-and-run car accident on Sunday while trying to rescue her poodle from oncoming traffic outside of her home, news sources report. Rescia sustained minor injuries in the crash and was treated at an area hospital; the dog, unfortunately, did not survive. Police are currently conducting an investigation and have not yet been able to identify the hit-and-run driver. An investigation is ongoing.
According to reports, Rescia had adopted her pet poodle, Pasta, from an animal shelter nearly 14 years ago. Rescia purportedly told the press that the pound had been contemplating putting the animal down before she adopted him. “I rescued [Pasta] thirteen and a half years ago and he knew it,” Rescia told reporters. “He was my baby.”
The accident occurred shortly after Rescia pulled into her parking lot in the 5300 block of Northeast 18th Avenue. She and Pasta were getting out of her car when the poodle jumped into the road. Rescia went after the poodle and tried to pull him out of the street. An oncoming car then struck both Rescia and Pasta. “That car was going way too fast.” Rescia reportedly told the press afterwards. “My dog was not even two feet in the road.”
The force of the collision injured Rescia and killed Pasta. The driver initially stopped at the scene, sources say; however, as soon as Rescia picked her dog up off the road, the driver fled the scene. Rescia sustained scrapes and bruises down her right side, for which she received treatment at Holy Cross Hospital.
Police are asking anyone with more details regarding the crash to contact them immediately. Reports say the hit-and-run driver was in a black, newer model four-door Mercury Montego. It remains to be seen whether police will identify the driver, and, if they do, whether Rescia will file for damages.
Sadly, some car accidents kill more than dogs. Jean G. Fanfan of Delray Beach died Saturday after he was involved in a traffic accident last week, reports say. The crash occurred when Fanfan’s vehicle drifted off the road and overturned. Fanfan, 66, was later pronounced dead at an area hospital. Police are investigating the crash to learn the full details. No one else was injured in the crash.
According to reports, the accident occurred around 1:30 p.m. on May 13. Fanfan was traveling northbound on Interstate 95 in his 1996 Toyota Camry at the time. For reason that are not yet clear, Fanfan’s vehicle left the road and went onto the shoulder, where it flipped over.
Fanfan was taken to Delray Medical Center following the crash. He died while at the hospital five days later from his injuries. The Florida Highway Patrol says it is unclear at this point whether drugs, alcohol, or a possible medical condition led to the accident.
Statistics from the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles shows 123 people were killed in traffic accidents in Palm Beach County in 2010. Records show that number was down from 153 the year before.