A woman from Matthews has been reunited with the family pet who went missing after she says her parents were injured in a crash returning home from the beach.
Twenty-three-year-old Colleen Ryan says her parents were riding home from Myrtle Beach on Sunday when they were hit by an impaired driver. The family's dog, Jersey, was in the car with them.
Witnesses told her that a vehicle flipped multiple times and landed on her parents' vehicle, hitting the driver side. A passenger inside the other vehicle was injured as well.
A teenage boy was with his grandparents near the crash, Ryan said, and ran out to pull her mom, dad and Jersey out of the car.
Ryan says her parents, Bob and Donna Ryan, were airlifted to the hospital.
In the midst of the chaos, the teenager took Jersey for safe keeping and slipped his contact info in her mom's pocket.
But while her mother was being treated in the emergency room, her clothes were cut up and thrown away. The teen's number was lost.
Ryan lives in California and flew back home to help in the search for Jersey.
WBTV posted Jersey's photo on social media and WBTV.com and after hundreds of shares, Ryan was reunited with Jersey.
Ryan is calling the teenager her "guardian angel" for taking care of Jersey and getting him home safe.
Her mom is still hospitalized with back fractures and internal damage, but should recover. Her dad is in a medically-induced coma in the intensive care unit.
The driver of the vehicle that hit the Ryans, 37-year-old Hubert Bullard, was arrested and booked in the Horry County Detention Center on three counts of DUI resulting in injury.
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