DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – A Durham woman remains hospitalized after a car hit her and a man Monday while they tried to save a dog.
Stephanie Wilson stopped to help an 8-month-old puppy when she was hit by an SUV. The dog’s owner, Jonathan Parker, was also hit. Parker received scrapes and bumps and is recovering.
“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.
It says she has a fractured skull and a blood clot in her brain.
Wilson’s friend Tamara Matheson said Stephanie 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, serving as a doula and domestic violence counselor.
They said Wilson does not have health insurance and are raising money through the 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, it has raised more than $21,000.
“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.
Police continue to investigate.
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.
Friends set up a “YouCaring” website for Wilson.