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Dog thought to have fled crash found dead in car

New Hampshire Union Leader

July 11. 2018 9:41PM
Daisy, a dog belonging to the victim of a fatal car crash who was initially reported as missing by police and a local dog recovery group, has been found dead, killed in the same crash that took the life of her owner Tuesday in Merrimack. (COURTESY)

MERRIMACK — A dog belonging to the victim of a fatal car crash, initially reported as missing by police and a local dog recovery group, has been found dead, killed in the same crash that took the life of her owner Tuesday in Merrimack.

Lindsey Catalino, 25, of Nashua was killed Tuesday just before 11 a.m. as she exited the F.E. Everett Turnpike, state police said. Catalino was driving a 2009 Toyota Camry northbound on the turnpike when she drove onto the Exit 10 off-ramp in Merrimack, lost control of her vehicle, hit a light post and then struck a tree after traveling down a small embankment.

“The impact with the tree caused fatal injuries to Catalino and she was pronounced deceased on the scene,” said a news release issued by the New Hampshire State Police. The vehicle caught fire and smoke was visible along the side of the roadway.

Catalino had just created a GoFundMe page on Monday, seeking donations to help pay for medication for her dog Daisy, a 3-year-old puggle who was diagnosed with Lyme disease.

“I just moved and purchased a car, I have a job but am living paycheck to paycheck,” Catalino wrote on the GoFundMe page. “Daisy got diagnosed with Lyme’s disease, she needs more tests and her medication is very expensive, I can’t bring her in for another visit for more bloodwork if I can’t pay for her first visit. Daisy is my life, she’s the best dog I’ve had.”

On Wednesday, Merrimack police and Granite State Dog Recovery put out a notice that Daisy was missing and believed to have run from the scene of the action. Police later said the dog was found deceased inside the vehicle Wednesday afternoon.

“Daisy sadly did not survive the accident,” reads a message Granite State Dog Recovery posted on its Facebook page. “Our thought and prayers go out to the family during this time.”

News of Lindsey and Daisy’s deaths generated an outpouring of emotion on social media.

“Awful... but if there is any good it is that she is with the person who loved and knew her best,” Laura Denehy wrote on Facebook. “Prayers to all involved.”

“My heart breaks for this family,” Stacey Leigh wrote. “I’m so sorry.”

“This breaks my heart,” Devon Lawrence wrote. “She was a great person and a joy to work with.”

“So, so sorry to hear this,” Danny Lemay wrote. “I was on the highway yesterday when it happened. I didn’t know her but it was horrible to see. Haven’t stopped thinking about it. My prayers go out to this family.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up by Lindsey’s mother, Trina Catalino, to help pay for funeral expenses.

“My beautiful girl is no longer with us,” Catalino wrote. “Lindsey is a kind, thoughtful, warm, smart and compassionate women. Words cannot express the loss we are all feeling right now. I want to give her the most Beautiful Celebration of her life that I am able to give her. I’m so blessed and proud to be her Mother.”

Police said in a statement that the cause of the crash remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper Kieran Fagan at 672-3333.

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