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Woman trying to catch dog is killed in freak garbage truck accident

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According to Wednesday's CBS New York News, a woman who was trying to capture her runaway dog was killed in a freak accident involving a garbage collection truck in New York City, N.Y.

The trouble began this morning when 58-year-old Jackie Haeflinger chased after her Boston terrier, "Violet," who had slipped her leash while on a walk. The eight-year-old dog ran to an idling garbage truck and according to the New York Daily News, Haeflinger was just leashing Violet when the driver of the truck, unaware that someone was nearby, put the vehicle into reverse.

A witness heard another sanitation worker screaming for the driver to stop, but the words of warning did not reach the driver's ears in time.

Haeflinger, who was employed as the Associate Director of University Events at New York University, was known to her friends and family as a dog lover - a guardian who would have done anything to save her companion.

The dog who instigated the tragic series of events managed to escape the situation unscathed and she is currently being cared for by one of Haeflinger's neighbors.

Philip Lentz, Director of Public Affairs at NYU, stated:

“She was a devoted, long-time member of the NYU community whom many of us — myself included — knew well and admired for not only for her hard work and exacting standards but for her commitment to make every NYU event warm, gracious, and memorable for students, families, and faculty,”

“Her family and loved ones are in our prayers. We are all coming to terms with the sudden news. We shall miss her.

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