Boy Reunited With Puppy After Massive I-10 Pileup

By: Drew Karedes / KHOU Email
By: Drew Karedes / KHOU Email

HOUSTON -- A little boy and his mother have a lot to be thankful for after surviving the Thanksgiving day pile up on Interstate-10 near Beaumont.

The two, from Dickinson, TX, spun off the highway and were hit by a number of cars in the process.

Navy Lopez and 6-year-old Damian Ortiz were able to crawl out of the wreckage unharmed. While they were doing so, their 3-month-old puppy, named Bo, scurried off into the distance.

Lopez said she thought she would never see Bo again. She said her son was devastated when they lost Bo. To her surprise, a stranger brought them back together.

A watchful tow truck driver scooped up the puppy as he was cleaning the mangled cars off the highway.

“He shows up out of nowhere, first time I'd seen him all day. At first, I thought he was just wandering around. Then, I got to thinking. He was way too friendly,” recalled Blake Jones.

Jones said he took an instant liking to the puppy. At the same time, he had a feeling that the dog belonged to somebody.

He took photos, and his girlfriend posted them online. A rightful owner quickly came forward, saying the puppy belonged to her 6-year-old son.

"This is a great Thanksgiving blessing for him to be able to get his dog back after such a tragic and scary day,” said Jesi Courville, Jones’ girlfriend.

They all agreed to meet at the Texas-Louisiana state line on Friday. It didn’t take much waiting for a happy reunion to unfold.

“I looked everywhere for him and couldn’t find him,” said Lopez, the puppy’s owner.

The family is now intact and back in Texas after surviving the scare of their lives.

The tow truck driver said it felt great to reunite the family. He hopes they can all meet up again someday so he can see Bo when he is full grown.

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