Clovis Woman Killed During Morning Jog

June 24, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The intersection of Sylmar and Mitchell was closed for several hours Wednesday as Clovis police tried to reconstruct an accident that left a 63 year old grandmother dead and her dog seriously injured. "I seen the truck and the truck had a dent in the front so I put two and two together and figured out she got hit by the truck," said neighbor Jocelyn Ontiveros.Miuki Wong died at the scene and Clovis police say the truck's driver was a 59 year old woman who lives just blocks away from the victim. Neighbors say they spent the morning trying to console both the victim and driver's families. "How do we help both families at the same time? That was our concern, was how to support them in their grief and how can we support her in her grief of being able to live with the accident that happened," said neighbor Sheri Loredo.

Neighbors say Wong took her dog for a walk every morning and often babysat her grandkids. Both Wong's family and the drivers' have lived in the neighborhood for more than 30 years. Neighbors describe the driver as traumatized by the accident. "She was crying, not understanding why we could be so understanding. She was like, 'I don't understand why they are caring about me. Why are they caring about me?'"

At this point, police are calling Wong's death a tragic accident. "There was no malice. Right now, there's no indicator of fault. It's a tragedy," said police spokesperson Janet Stoll-Lee.

Wong's dog, a Doberman pinscher, was seriously injured in the crash and is being treated at a Fresno veterinary hospital. Clovis police say the family has asked vets to do whatever they can to save the dog, and strangers have even come forward to help pay for its care.

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