NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – A woman was fatally struck by a garbage truck in Chelsea Wednesday morning, as she ran to save her beloved dog.
As CBS 2’s Steve Langford reported, the confused little dog named Violet was left on the sidewalk only a few feet away from her owner’s body lying in the middle of 15th Street. The body of Jackie Haeflinger, 58, was lying next to a garbage truck that rolled over and crushed her as she attempted to stop her dog from running under the truck.
The incident took place at around 10 a.m. on 15th Street at Seventh Avenue, EMS officials said.
Haeflinger was walking Violet when it got off its leash. Violet, an 8-year-old Boston Terrier, ran into the street as the garbage truck was backing up.
“It just happened so fast. I’m like, I’m getting off my bike, and then turned. She’s reaching trying to grab her dog and she’s under the truck before you know it, and it was done,” witness Ed Sanders told Langford.