Family grieves death of father killed in crash; hopes for return of dog

Family grieves death of father killed in crash; hopes for return of dog »Play Video
Matthew Scott was killed in a pileup crash last week on Interstate 5 near Battle Ground.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The family of a man who died in a pileup crash last week is holding out hope for a little good news.

Matthew Scott of Sandy was driving on I-5 near Battle Ground last Thursday. Nasty winter weather had just moved in and Matthew was caught in a pileup involving more than two dozen vehicles at milepost 13. He died at the scene.

"The first thing I said when he left was please be super careful because it's going to start to snow," said Matthew's widow, Stacie Scott. "The last thing he said was, 'of course.'"

Scott became worried when she couldn't reach Matthew for most of the day. She suspected he'd been in a crash but her suspicions weren't confirmed until she saw a police officer pull up outside her house.

"As soon as I saw him drive up, I knew," said Scott.

The Scott family has been left stunned and shaken by Matthew's death. But they're hoping some of the pain can be eased by the return of the family dog, Daisy. The 2-year-old Yorkie was in the car with Matthew and disappeared after the crash.

"Of course it'd be a huge comfort to have her back," said Scott. "She's just as much a part of our family as all of us. So, you know, I would hope to have her back but I've accepted she's probably gone also."

Although Scott described Daisy as a shy and timid dog, there's still hope that perhaps someone found her wandering near the crash scene and has been taking care of her.

Stacie and Matthew operated their own private investigation business. She's worried about the loss of Matthew's income and the fact he had no life insurance policy. A memorial fund has been set up in Matthew's name. Anyone interested in donating can do so at any U.S. Bank branch. Donations are also being accepted at a fundraising website created for Matthew's family.