Dog blamed in freak car accident

November 23, 1994

An elderly Pasadena woman remained in critical condition yesterday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, recovering from injuries received in a freak car accident that killed her dog, police said.

Wilma Cecelia Heller, 69, of the 1400 block of Amphibian Drive, had a compound fracture of her left leg and severe injuries to her other leg, police said. The accident occurred in her driveway around 9 a.m. Monday.

Traffic investigators believe she was in the car when it suddenly accelerated and sped across the street, where it struck a large pine tree in a neighbor's yard.

Ms. Heller's dog, a Yorkshire terrier named Candy, was unconscious when police arrived. Traffic investigators believe Candy somehow caused the car to accelerate.

The dog died at Huffard Animal Hospital in the 8000 block of Ritchie Highway a couple of hours after the accident.

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