Troopers Find Missing Dog After Fatal Car Crash In Catawba County

NEWTON, N.C. — Troopers say they found Sarah McKinney’s 8-month old dog Zeus after a fatal collision on Monday, September 21st.

On Tuesday Melanie Wilder found Zeus around the area where the accident took place, and took the dog to an emergency veterinary clinic in Hickory before Zeus was taken to a clinic in Charlotte for further evaluation and treatment, according to a news release.

Troopers say McKinney, 47, was driving a 2013 Honda Pilot east on I-40 around 4 a.m. when she lost control and hit the guardrail in the median, and then hit the guardrail on the south roadside causing her Pilot to face the wrong way on the interstate.

Driver of 2019 Honda Odyssey, 60-year-old Thomas Casey, was heading east on the interstate in the right lane when he hit the Pilot head-on leaving McKinney dead after sustaining life-threatening injuries, according to a news release.

Catawba County EMS says they took Casey to Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory to be treated for serious injuries after the accident.

McKinney’s family told police she was traveling with her dog at the time of the accident, and a search was underway, according to a news release.

Troopers say no charges were made in the accident, and during the on-scene investigation traffic was rerouted onto NC 16 until the eastbound lanes could be reopened shortly after 6 a.m.