YORK COUNTY, Va. — A Virginia Beach couple involved in an Interstate 64 crash Thursday found their one-year-old puppy who had been missing since the accident, WTKR reported. Heather and Jeremiah Hamilton said they got a call Sunday morning after their pit bull-boxer mix, Chief, showed up on someone’s front porch. The Hamiltons were able to pick up Chief and take him home.
The Hamiltons were on their way to Charlottesville with Chief Thursday afternoon when they were involved in a collision with a tractor trailer and several other cars.
“It was pretty fast, we both remember a flash of white,” Jeremiah Hamilton recalled.
“We got out of the car as fast as we could. When you see the other cars in the accident, we’re very, very thankful that we are OK,” Heather added.
While the two did not lose their lives, they did lose Chief.
“You could just tell he was terrified and scared and manic and he literally just took off running,” Heather said. “Unfortunately we just got to the point where cars were saying they hadn’t seen him”
Witnesses told the Hamilton they last saw Chief running away from the crash scene.
A search for Chief proved fruitless on foot, but on social media — people shared the story in an effort to reunite the couple with the puppy.
After hundreds of shares, the Hamiltons got the good news.
“We’re just incredibly amazed by the kindness and support from so many people who don’t even know us,” Heather said.