A metro woman is paying a heavy price for a good deed. It began when Kiara Billings tried to help a dog.
Last Tuesday Kiara drove up to the intersection of 52nd and Underwood.
“I was at the red light, right there,” she said, “and I saw the dog running around in the street. Two or three cars drove past it and almost hit it."
Billings was on her way home from a friend’s house when she saw the dog running in the street and decided she needed to do something. She pulled over but left her car running and unlocked when she got out to help the dog on the other side of the street.
She took hold of the dog’s collar to help the 14-year-old deaf and nearly blind Australian Shepherd out of the road.
When Kiara returned to the spot where she had parked, her car was gone.
“I didn't really get sad or upset,” she said. “I just kind of got like almost angry and determined like, I got to get through this. I have stuff to do. I have school. I have work. It's not just going to stop because I lost my car."
The 18-year-old delivery driver is now without her phone and tablet. It makes for less money on the job and a harder time getting homework done in time for finals.
She recently removed the rental option from her insurance and couldn't rent in a vehicle in Omaha but the company directed her to Iowa and agreed to pay for a rental for the next 30 days.
Kiara said, “A lot of people are helping me out right now and I'm really appreciative of it. Even the guy who owns the dog was like, ‘I'm looking out for your car.’"
Kiara said it was all worth it, “otherwise the dog would be dead, probably."
Billings hopes to replace her vehicle with a similar car from her insurance but in the meantime is still without her tablet and phone.
The car is described as a white 2006 Chevy Malibu. It has tape over the right tail light and a missing passenger side mirror.
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