Skip to comments.Dog Involved In Deadly DUI Accident Swims Half-Mile To Sarasota Kayaker
Posted on 01/10/2012 4:51:20 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
SARASOTA, Fla. (CBS TAMPA) A man fishing from his kayak a half-mile from Point of Rocks off Sarasota was shocked when a dog that was involved in a deadly DUI crash swam up to his boat terrified.
Once pulled to safety, Barney shrunk into a corner of the small craft, shaking and traumatized over the event. He sustained minor injuries, including one to his paw and several cuts.
The man brought Barney to a local vet, who used a tracking chip implanted in him to discover his owner was Donna L. Chen, who was struck by a Nissan Altima and died moments before.
Florida Highway Patrol said Blake Talman, 22, was fleeing from an earlier crash in his Nissan Altima northbound on SR-758 when he struck Chen and Barney.
The two were jogging north on SR-758 when Talman allegedly failed to navigate a left curve causing him to leave the roadway and strike a metal pole before hitting Chen and a street sign. Chen was knocked from the sidewalk into the center of the road, reports indicate.
Barney took off, though there is no mention of him in the report.
Talman struck several yellow wooden poles at the entrance to the St. Michaels Archangel Catholic Church then collided with the front right corner of a Ford Escort, veered left and hit another telephone pole.
Talman and a 24-year-old passenger were transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where they were treated for serious injuries. Talman was released Sunday and transported to Sarasota County Jail where his bail was set at $100,000.
Talman faces charges including DUI manslaughter and DUI property damage and personal injury.
Doggie ping! Amazing. Be sure to watch the video.
This bastard should rot in hell.
Taking the life of another because of a DUI should be punishable by death.
Poor poochy is now with out a mom. :(
I read in another report, that he has been taken in by the deceased lady’s family.
This is SUCH a sad story. I hope the dog has a good home with someone and I’m very sad to hear about the owner.
I guy I know got drunk and rolled his truck a couple years back when he had two dogs with him. The dogs weren’t hurt but they ran off because they were terrified and it wasn’t till a neighbor asked about them that someone went looking for them.
I wanted to kick his ass.
“...was fleeing from an earlier crash...”
Lock him up and throw the key.
So sad. I am glad the man in the kayak was a good guy and got help for this little dog.
What are the chances of a kayak fisherman being a bad guy?
You tell me.
Ancient Inuit used to hunt whales in kayaks.
“”So sad. I am glad the man in the kayak was a good guy and got help for this little dog.””
He could have been someone who didn’t want to get involved. Thank goodness he wasn’t. He deserves lots of thanks and appreciation....Poor dog was so confused and obviously in pain also. They never complain, do they?
Kevin Bacon in The River Wild. Although he wasn’t in a kayak, he was on a river, pretending to fish or something :-)
In this case I would agree. In others I’d say whatever 2nd degree murder/homicide gets you.
Hey Thank You Rush! I agree. The man could have just thought about his fishing. (Although I will say that most fisher-people I know, have good hearts!)
Here is the video that the kayaker was taking when the dog happened upon him.
I am trying to figure out how this was video taped if it was a random dog swimming to him that had been in an accident. Good story, just curious, who video’s themself when Kayaking...
Inuit are bad guys? :)
What an awful story! I’m so sorry the owner was killed by some drunk idiot, but I’m glad the dog found help. Unbelievable!
Liked that movie a lot. Streep in a good role.
He’s probably has a video running, so if he catches a really big fish, he has proof.
Fishing is one of those things where nothing interesting will happen 99 times, but then something really cool will happen on the hundrendth.
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