More than $27,000 raised for woman hit by SUV while helping puppy

Photo courtesy YouCaring/Support Stephanie Wilson
Photo courtesy YouCaring/Support Stephanie Wilson

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – A Durham woman remains hospitalized after an SUV hit her and a man Monday while they tried to save a dog.

Stephanie Wilson stopped to help an 8-month-old puppy that had been hit by a car. That’s when Wilson was run over by an SUV. The dog’s owner, Jonathan Parker, was also hit. Parker received scrapes and bumps and is recovering.

See photos of Wilson, Parker, and the dog. 

“Stephanie is someone who truly lives in every possible way giving without receiving,” said friend Chloe Dorin.

It was no surprise to Dorin when she learned Wilson had stopped to help an injured dog.

“She has never hesitated to help anyone or anything in her life and that she would have something like this happen to her while trying to save something else is exactly what we’d expect from her,” Dorin said.

Friends said Wilson has a fractured skull and a blood clot in her brain.

Wilson’s friend Tamara Matheson said Wilson is still in critical condition but is very responsive when awake. Wilson’s family is with her at the hospital and doctors are hopeful for her recovery.

“I’m really struggling with seeing why something this awful had to happen to someone so incredibly good. She deserves more and she deserved better than this situation. I guess it happens,” Dorin said.

Friends said Wilson volunteers rescuing dogs, and serving as a doula and domestic violence counselor. They said Wilson does not have health insurance and they’re raising money through a website to help.

“She works just enough to pay her bills, the bare minimum, and everything else money-wise, time-wise, resource-wise goes to helping others, to helping the animals,” Dorin said.

So far, the site has raised more than $27,000.

“I think she’ll be really embarrassed to have gotten all this help, actually,” Dorin said.

Police said Margarita Hernandez De La Cruz was the driver who hit Wilson and Parker. She was cited for driving with a revoked license and no insurance.

Parker said he would like to see her receive a stricter charge.

Parker’s dog did not survive the incident.

Friends are working to place some of Wilson’s foster animals in the care of others. Information on how to help with Wilson’s animals can be found on the crowdfunding page.

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