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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