Motorist found guilty in pet dog's death

September 11, 1997

A Westminster motorist who struck and killed a pet Dalmatian last year was found guilty yesterday of animal mutilation and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

Gary L. Wilson, 53, of the 2300 block of Sandel Lane, pleaded not guilty, but agreed not to contest the prosecutor's version of what occurred court records show.

Wilson will be sentenced on Nov. 12 by Circuit Court Judge Luke K. Burns Jr.

Prosecutors said Wilson was driving on South Center Street about 11: 23 p.m. Dec. 28 when his van struck the dog. As the vehicle dragged the dog, Matthew Davis, the animal's owner, tried to flag down the van.

Wilson did stop briefly and, as Davis tried to remove his yelping pet, prosecutors said Wilson's car struck Davis. Wilson then left the scene, dragging the Dalmatian about five miles.

Court records indicate Wilson said it was foggy, and he thought he struck a small deer. He never saw, nor realized, he struck Davis, according to court records.

Assault charges were dropped.

Pub Date: 9/11/97

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