Man From California Won’t Go Home Until He Finds Cat Lost In Massive I-41 PileupMatthew Russell
Kevin Graves was driving home to California with his sister, her dog and his cat, when their trip was sidelined by the I-41 pileup in wintry Wisconsin. In the aftermath, Graves’ cat, Bastet, ran off.
Now he’s worried he may never see her again.
At least 131 vehicles were involved in the crash on Sunday, Feb. 24, which left 71 injured and one dead. A 12-mile stretch of I-41 was closed down until Monday morning, when the roads were finally clear.
It’s thought to be the largest highway collision Wisconsin has ever seen.
“We slid straight into the person, the car in front of us,” Graves said. “That impact wasn’t that bad. We got hit from the back; that one was pretty impactful. Then we got hit from the side, inwards; that smashed the hood, and I think that’s where I kind of realized it was rather serious.”
With other vehicles pinning them in Graves and his sister could only get out of their crumpled Ford Bronco through the smashed back window.
Graves thinks that’s how Bastet got out, too.
“I know the cat jumped in front of my legs after the first collision. I kind of lost track of her after that, except seeing her run backwards after the second collision,” her said.
Graves spent the next week searching for Bastet, following clues from others involved in the massive pileup.
“We’ve had one lady say that she saw her jump over the hood of her car, and we had a first responder say when he opened up a door, a cat matching the description jumped out of the car,” her said.
Graves doesn’t plan on getting back to California any time soon. At least, not until he finds Bastet.
“If I have to end up leaving and she is not here, I’m just going to hope maybe someone took her and decided to keep her and she has this nice warm, welcoming family,” he said. “I think that might help me sleep better at night if I can at least believe that.”
Graves is asking for any help available in finding his cat. If you live near I-41 and have seen the cat, which has been microchipped, call (626) 340-1809 and let Graves know where to look next.