A Georgia woman died while she was rescuing her dog, Shadow.
Authorities believe that Ellena Hudgins was driving on a South Carolina highway late at night and pulled over to the emergency lane to let Shadow, a coal-colored pug, to relieve himself and to close the top of her convertible car. Shadow jumped out of the car, and Hudgins followed him.
She ran across a couple of highway lanes, retrieved her dog and proceeded to go back to her car when she was hit by a SUV. She was also hit by two other cars and an 18-wheeler. The coroner said she died at the scene.
Shadow sustained an injured chin and a dislocated hip after he was flung to the pavement.
Hudgins’s husband was extremely upset when he heard the news about his wife and saw the dog’s injuries. He was reminded of how he always told his wife to put the dog on a leash.
“If Ellena had just listened to me, that could have been prevented and she would be alive,” he said.
The incident spread among South Carolina residents, and they donated enough money to pay for Shadow’s surgery. Mr. Hudgins said he was extremely touched by the generous gesture.
He spoke of his wife and her relationship with her dog. He said that he was always in her lap and followed her everywhere which is why he named him Shadow. His wife and Shadow would fall asleep together on the sofa watching television.
Mr. Hudgins said that he thinks his wife, who suffered from bipolar and other disorders, became lost and disoriented when she was driving back from taking Shadow to the vet. She was about 100 miles away from home when the incident occurred.