Man killed by car while tending to a dog

Man tending to injured dog struck and killed by car

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A man tending to a dog who was injured after being struck by a car was also hit and subsequently died from his injuries, reported Sunday’s Herald Mail Media. On Sunday, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office issued a release about the tragic incident which claimed the life of 49-year-old Clifford Lee Staley.

According to the release, on October 7, 2017 at approximately 8:23 PM, Deputies responded to a residence in the 13400 block of Pennsylvania Avenue for a suspicious person. The caller advised 9-1-1 that an unknown male was knocking on his door and walking around the front of his residence. The caller said the male had a thin build and was wearing a red shirt.

Responding deputies found the man described in the call; the man was accompanied by two dogs. The authorities spoke to Staley (who was not found to be committing any type of crime) and advised him to leave the private property. The man, and his dogs, were not far from the property when one of the dogs wandered into traffic and was hit by a minivan.

Staley crossed the roadway to reach the dog who had been thrown in the impact; the Department wrote:

One of the Deputies went to assist the dog, while the other contacted the driver of the minivan. The Deputy assisting the dog order Staley to stay out of the roadway several times, for his safety, as the Deputy obtained supplies to help the dog.

Staley was hit after ignoring the deputies’ orders to stay out of the roadway. Shortly thereafter, he was hit by a vehicle and critically injured; he died at the hospital from his injuries.

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8 replies
  1. Bunny Peters says:

    Prayers for Staley and his furbabies. Sorry you died……

    Shame on the minivan driver who (it sounds like) didn’t stop and render aid…..

  2. Cynthia Como says:

    OMG!!! How awful! How I wish this tragedy happened to one of the many animal abusers out in society. I wonder what happened to not only the injured dog but the second dog too. All of this would of NEVER happened if these dogs were on leashes,both Mr. Staley and his dogs would be ok if these dogs were on leashes. So very sad!!! RIP CLIFFORD STALEY

  3. Barkley's Mom says:

    He died trying to help his dog, My sincere condolences to Mr Staley’s family and friends. It does show however the reason you should have your dog on a leash, maybe they both would still be alive.

  4. Nancy Raymond says:

    My sympathy and concern is for the dog that was hit – apparently it died – as did his owner – LEASHES work – and in this case the lack of them proved fatal.


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