Miracle Dog Survives Fiery Crash

2 people inside truck were killed

By Michael Gehlken
|  Friday, Mar 4, 2011  |  Updated 12:17 PM PDT
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Pursuit Ended in Coronado Crash: Raw Video

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An 18-month-old pitbull rested at the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility, hours after the dog was flown from a car pursuit crash that killed the two people inside the truck on Mar. 3, 2011.

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Pursuit Ends in Fiery, Fatal Crash

Investigators are still working to learn the circumstances behind a police pursuit and fiery car crash that killed a female suspect driver and her passenger Thursday morning in Coronado.
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An 18-month-old dog seen flying from a deadly Coronado crash Thursday morning miraculously seems to be doing just fine.

The male, unaltered blue pit bull is at the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility where it is undergoing pain management to avoid potential shock, said manager Mariya Anton.

Anton said a veterinarian examined the dog after it was submitted for treatment, and the dog, which did not have a microchip, may have a broken elbow.

“But he seems to be healthy,” Anton said. “He’s 60 pounds. Good weight. Good spirit. We’re just going to take it from there. He’s in a good place now. We’re going to take care of him.”

A witness who was carpooling five children to school said she saw the dog fly from a speeding Ford truck, which flipped over on Silver Strand Boulevard after crashing into another car at about 8 a.m.

Jamie Guillen, the female driver whom San Diego County sheriff's deputies are investigating as possibly carjacking the truck at knifepoint, and the man in the backseat were both killed, either on impact or from the gasoline fire that engulfed the vehicle.

Guillen was the dog's owner, according to a Thursday sheriff's department press release.

Sheriff deputies began pursuing the truck in Imperial Beach, and the chase lasted less than five minutes and reached speeds as high as 85 mph.

“It was horrible,” the witness said. “Fire. A dog flew by. It was very scary.”

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