Florida Dog Lies Down in Road for Hours at Spot Where His Owner Was Killed in Hit-and-Run

Florida Dog Lies Down in Road for Hours at Spot Where His Owner Was Killed in Hit-and-Run

A Florida dog was found lying in the street Friday in the same spot where its owner had been fatally struck by semi-truck hours prior.

According to WJAX-TV, deputies found 42-year-old Kelly Black dead in the road around 6:15 a.m. near a Jacksonville gas station after a hit-and-run accident. The woman’s family later told the news station she was walking her dog Paco at the time.

Paco, who was uninjured, stayed with Black after she was hit. He remained there, lying in the road alone with a red bandana around his neck, long after her body had been removed, the station reported.

The family told WJAX reporter Russell Colburn that the two were “inseparable” and that the dog “was by her side when she died and stayed here, alone, after.” 

Paco, who is a rescue from Hurricane Katrina, was eventually retrieved by local police and reunited with the Black family, where he is seen happily wagging his tail upon seeing a familiar face.

The operator of the semi-truck was pulling out of the gas station when he apparently struck Black and dragged her more than 30 feet.

The trucker may not have known he hit someone, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office told Action News, and there were no human witnesses to the manslaughter.

Kelly Black, 42. (Image source: ActionNewsJax)

Kelly Black, 42. (Image source: ActionNewsJax)

“I don’t see how someone could hit her here and drag her all the way out to Beaver Street and not have known it,” the victim’s father G.C. Bostick told the station through tears. “I just don’t know how I’m going to tell her momma.”

The family described Black as a loving sister and daughter, and they said she loved kids but did not have any of her own.

Deputies downloaded surveillance video from the gas station and are continuing to look for the trucker.

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