A grandmother was killed trying to save her dog when it ran onto a busy motorway from her broken down car, an inquest in Cardiff has heard.
Patricia Connors, 66, dashed onto the rush-hour M4 in a bid to save her runaway pet terrier - but she was hit by a Transit Van.
Mrs Connors had pulled onto the hard shoulder after getting a puncture in her VW Golf.
But the inquest heard her pet terrier escaped from the car when she stopped and opened the door.
The inquest heard she was "focused only on her dog" when she ran out after the pet onto the M4 motorway at rush hour.
She reached the dog after it was hit by two cars - but was then mown down by the van as she tended the tended the injured pet.
Van driver Thomas Jobson said he could not avoid Mrs Connors without causing a mass pile-up on the motorway at Cardiff, South Wales.
Mrs Connors' dog was seen jumping from her car before it was hit by two other vehicles.
She was pronounced dead at the scene and the dog also died.
Cardiff Coroner's Court heard Mrs Connors, of Rumney, Cardiff, was struck on the M4 motorway near Cardiff Gate Services.
Paramedics arrived at the scene shortly after 6.15pm on April 7 but pronounced Mrs Connors dead.
PC Kyle Smith said a nail was later found in one of the tyres of Mrs Connors' car causing a puncture.
Mrs Connors' cause of death was registered as multiple traumatic injuries following a road traffic collision.
Coroner Phillip Spinney recorded a conclusion of accidental death.