A Kelowna dog was struck by a van, but the driver didn't stop

Van hits dog, didn't stop

A Kelowna dog is lucky to be alive after it was hit by a van on McCurdy Road Thursday night. The driver of the van never stopped.

At about 5 p.m., Karey Nelson's two-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier, Lizzy, got out of the family's fenced-in yard on McCurdy Road, near Euclid Road. One driver saw Lizzy and stopped, flashing their lights at oncoming traffic to warn them. But a person driving a dark-coloured van didn't slow down.

“They ran right over her, dragged her a little bit, and then she rolled out from underneath and then bounced down the street a bit,” Karey said. “They didn't stop, they didn't slow down, nothing.”

Karey and her partner Duane took Lizzy to the Fairfield Animal Hospital, where she was given a thorough check-up. She required staples in her legs, but thankfully, she doesn't appear to be seriously injured.

“They are amazing,” Karey said of Fairfield Animal Hospital. “She has a lot of lacerations, she's missing a huge chunk of hair from her scalp.

“We're grateful that she's hopefully going to be OK.”

In addition to being the best friend of Karey, Duane and their four children, Lizzy is also a support animal for their 16-year-old autistic son.

“They're all completely distraught,” Karey said. “Our youngest is six and she thought she'd never see Lizzy again. It's heartbreaking.”

Karey says she can't understand how a person would keep driving after hitting something in their car.

“Why didn't you stop?" she said. "What if it had been a child, that's the part that scares me."

A witness said they thought the van was travelling at about 60 to 70 km/h in the 50 km/h zone. Karey says drivers regularly speed through their neighbourhood.

“Nonstop, it is terrible, it's scary,” Karey said. “Last week, maybe the week before, just four houses down, some guy was speeding and he must have hit the curb, and his vehicle rolled into someone's yard.”

After living there for three years, Karey says they're looking to move.

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