Woman killed in chain-reaction crash caused by loose dog identified

Posted at 6:18 PM, Aug 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-28 21:19:11-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — The woman killed after a loose dog on State Route 94 caused a chain-reaction crash has been identified.

Grace Villar, 53, died Saturday after the Toyota Camry she was in was hit from behind by a Dodge pickup truck, according to a report by San Diego's Medical Examiner. Traffic in front of the Camry was stopped due to a loose dog in the highway.

Villar was one of three people in the vehicle taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital following the crash.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a Ford F-150 owned by the San Diego Humane Society was parked in the median of the highway to wrangle a loose dog, when the dog ran into traffic.

Cars were forced to stop and some swerved in the process, including the car Villar was traveling in. The Camry swerved and came to a stop in the number one lane when a Dodge also in the number one lane swerved to avoid the Camry.

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The Dodge was struck from behind by a GMC Yukon that was unable to stop in time, sending it into the Camry, which was sent the Camry into the Humane Society pickup.

One person in the GMC Yukon was also hospitalized.

A GoFundMe has been set up for Villa to help with funeral expenses.