CINCINNATI - A Price Hill woman injured in a hit-skip accident on Sunday night is searching for her missing dog, who was also her travel companion at the time of the crash.
Shellie Oaks and her family plan to distribute flyers Wednesday in hopes that they will find Betty, a 10-month-old teacup shih tzu. Oaks is offering a $100 reward for her safe return.
"I just hope that she's OK and if she is, please bring her back to me. I need her. Oh gosh, do I need her," Oaks said.
On Sunday around 9 p.m., police say the driver of a 2000 Mitsubishi Galant failed to stop for a red light at the intersection of Lehman Road and Grand Avenue in Price Hill.
The Mitsubishi collided with an 1993 Oldsmobile traveling north on Grand Avenue. The Mitsubishi then struck a parked 2012 Chevrolet van. The driver and several occupants of the Mitsubishi fled the scene on foot.
Emergency crews transported four people to an area hospital, including Oaks and her sister, who was also in the car.
Oaks suffered a collapsed lung, two cracked ribs and bruising all over her body. Her sister also continues to recover from injuries sustained in the accident.
The Mitsubishi was the target of police earlier in the evening after they attempted to stop it for a traffic violation at about 8:20 p.m., but the driver took off at a high rate of speed.
Oaks told 9 On Your Side she can't stop worrying about her Betty, fondly known as "Bebe Girl," who went missing after the crash. Oaks believes the dog escaped through a broken window.
"It happened so quick. I saw it coming from the left. Didn't brake. Sonya was next to me and Norman (Oak's other dog) was behind her. Betty was in the back seat on a box of clothes," recalled Oaks.
Oaks also had her 10-year-old pit bull, Norman in the car, who died later that night.
"I'm very angry. He took my family. My dogs were my kids," she said.
Her family has been knocking on doors in Price Hill hoping that someone has seen the lost dog.
"I just want Bebe Girl back," she said.
The driver and passengers of the Mitsubishi still remain at large.
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