DeKALB – Rick Beck was released from the hospital Wednesday after a semitrailer turned into the path of his vehicle Monday on Fairview Avenue in DeKalb.
He’s home with a concussion, but he’s worried that his 8-year-old dog, Buddy, is missing. Buddy, who was in the car, ran from police after the crash near Nestle Distribution Center. Beck’s family, friends and even strangers have been searching for Buddy, a beagle-Jack Russell terrier mix.
“He’s happy to be home, and he’s very thankful people have been looking for Buddy,” said Beck’s son, Shawn Beck.
Shawn Beck and his girlfriend distributed fliers with Buddy’s photograph around town Tuesday, and he called area veterinarian offices with a description of the missing dog. DeKalb police distributed information about Buddy on their Facebook page, and local animal control officers have kept the family updated on search efforts and possible sightings.
“One lady I met while making fliers at OfficeMax said she and her friends had been canvassing the fields by the accident site,” Shawn Beck said.
Buddy is a reddish tan dog that weighs about 30 pounds and has a light blue collar with two tags. He does not like to be touched and might bite, so residents are encouraged to call DeKalb police at 815-748-8400 if they see him.
Rick Beck figures Buddy is roaming the neighborhoods on DeKalb’s south side. He lives off Fourth Street south of Interstate 88, but often walked Buddy in the area, including near the railroad tracks by Manning Ford.
“He never leaves the house without him,” Shawn Beck said.
Rick Beck was driving his Buick LaCrosse east on Fairview Avenue about 3 p.m. Monday when a semitrailer turned left in front of him, DeKalb police said. The driver didn’t see Beck’s car due to other semitrailers lined up in the center-turn lane, police said.
William Kessel, 52, of Stewart, was charged with failure to yield while turning left.