'Hank,' dog missing after I-40 wreck, found at shelter

Posted July 14
Updated July 16

— A two-year-old dark yellow Labrador Retriever named Hank was missing after a two-car wreck on Interstate 40 near Airport Boulevard in Morrisville Friday. The dog was picked up after the accident and has been located at the Wake County Animal Shelter.

Sarah Lynn Blue, 34, was traveling westbound at a high speed on I-40 and collided with 34-year-old Lyndsay Brooke Guisce Smith around 6:30 p.m.

Both vehicles spun to the right, and Blue hit a tree.

Blue was pulled out of her car by witnesses, who performed CPR at the scene. She was transported to Duke University Hospital with serious injuries.

Smith was transported to WakeMed in Cary with minor injuries. Blue was traveling with two dogs. One of the dogs died in the wreck, and the other ran away from the scene.

Two injured in I-40 wreck near Airport Blvd.

Alcohol and speed were determined factors in the wreck, and charges are pending against Blue.

Two westbound lanes of I-40 were temporarily closed on Friday evening.


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  • Gary Thompson Jul 16, 12:47 p.m.
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    I agree. This person doesnt need or deserve a dog. Not only that but she should be charged with animal abuse for both dogs as well as any other charges for the wreck. Your pets are just as dependit on you as your child. If it was her kid she would have child abuse charges so come on law enforcement give her animal abuse charges

  • Sara Hauser Jul 16, 10:19 a.m.
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    Uber or cab rides are easily arranged and save lives if you choose to drink. No excuses for things like this.

  • Linda Tally Jul 16, 6:19 a.m.
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    Do hope Blue doesn't get the dog back!

  • Marcia Maloney Jul 15, 10:44 p.m.
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    Is drinking and driving really worth it? People who are selfish enough to get behind the wheel while drinking, puts other lives at risk. In this case, people and animals lives.