MATTOON, Ill. (WCIA) — A teenager is in critical condition after she was walking her large dog and it lunged into a street.
It happened on the 2600 block of Dewitt Avenue around 4 p.m.
An 85-year-old male driver was unable to stop in time as the 15-year-old girl and her dog entered the street.
She was airlifted to Carle Hospital and is in critical condition, but is stable. The driver was not injured.
Dewitt Avenue was closed for four hours as officers responded to the accident.
Police Chief Jason Taylor says he did not expect the dog to survive.