August 20, 2019
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A branch stuck in the grille of a Mercedes led to a sad end for this driver’s dog

Bill Trotter | BDN
Bill Trotter | BDN
A sign points to the entrance of the Hancock County Sheriff's Office in Ellsworth in this Oct. 19, 2018, file photo.

Dogs don’t always live through crashes. Take the case of Anthony Lobasso in Stonington last week.

The 43-year-old New York man was driving north down a hill on North Stonington Road on Nov. 20 when his 2006 Mercedes Benz slid off the road and a branch got caught in its grille. When Lobasso got out of the car to remove the branch, his dog jumped out, according to a statement released Friday by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.

Conditions were icy. As Lobasso tried to grab his dog, a 2014 Toyota pickup truck hit and killed the pet, according to the statement.

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The pickup’s driver, 39-year-old Dominic Zanke, told Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Harlan that the ice prevented him from fully stopping before he hit the dog. Lobasso told Harlan that he saw the truck stop and then go around the Mercedes before hitting the dog, according to the statement.

Zanke and Lobasso were on the side of the road, waiting for police to arrive, when a third vehicle, a 2009 GMC truck driven by Glen Heanssler, came down the hill and slid into the Mercedes, causing about $2,000 in damage to the back of Lobasso’s car, according to the statement.

Heanssler’s truck took about $3,000 in damage and was towed. Lobasso was able to drive away. There were no reported injuries in the collision.

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