WNCN viewer sets up fund for Durham man hit by SUV while trying to save his puppy

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – A man hit by a Jeep in Durham while he and another woman tried to save his pit bull puppy that was hit by a car is now getting help from strangers.

Jonathan Parker, 47, is scraped, sore and badly in need of dental work after being hit Monday night.

Stehpanie Wilson
See more photos of the dog who was hit, Stephanie and Jonathan

Parker and the woman, Stephanie Wilson, 29, were hit at about 8:30 p.m. on Liberty Street. Wilson suffered critical injuries including a fractured skull and a blood clot in her brain.

The pair was hit while Stephanie was bent over the puppy, named King, trying to listen for the dog’s heartbeat.

“So, I’m looking at the road while she’s doing that. I looked down at her and it wasn’t but a split second, both of us up under the truck,” Parker said. “She didn’t really stop. She slowed down when we were up under her.”

A witness who called 911 talked to WNCN about the incident.

“The Jeep didn’t stop ’til it got right up here and the lady was pinned underneath,” said Erica Clay, a neighbor who called 911.

“It was heartbreaking because I was sitting back and I can’t do nothing.”

Parker was in the road waiting on animal control after 8-month-old King had been hit.

“I couldn’t move the dog because he was my baby,” Parker said.

Police say the driver of the Jeep was Margarita Hernandez De La Cruz, age 54.

Officers cited her for driving while her license was revoked and not having insurance on her vehicle.

Parker wants her to face more charges

“That’s a deadly weapon. It’s a vehicle,” Parker said.

A “You Caring” website was set up to help Wilson and has raised more than $36,000.

A WNCN viewer saw our stories and wanted to set up a site for Parker too. You can donate to Parker’s recovery here.

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