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Escaped dog led to highway deaths of 2 women
The Houston Chronicle ^ | 28 December 2012

Posted on 12/29/2012 5:28:29 AM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

Edited on 12/29/2012 6:31:39 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

SANTA YNEZ, Calif. (AP) The deaths of two women who were struck by vehicles on a Southern California highway last week have been connected to a chase after a loose dog. Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Lt. Butch Arnoldi tells the Santa Maria Times (http://bit.ly/12U2WyO ) that 54-year-old Sara Ornelas and 49-year-old Barbara Romero were driving to a casino at 11:45 p.m. on Dec. 21 when they pulled over west of Lake Cachuma.


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A few questions:

Driving to a casino at 11:45 p.m.? Huh?

The dog is hit and killed. The first woman is hit and killed. And, the other woman believes she has a spitting chance to get to someone or the dog and the drivers will stop for her?

Do values come into play here? Values like a dog is not as important as a person? Values like you don't run across a crowded highway? Values like what the hell are you doing driving to a casino to gamble at 11:45 p.m.? Oh my God. This nation is in REAL trouble with occupants like that. I am beginning to believe there is no hope and certainly no change.

1 posted on 12/29/2012 5:28:41 AM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

Assuming they were going to a casino to stay for several hours, what were they planning to do with the dog other than leave the poor creature locked in a car?


2 posted on 12/29/2012 5:34:02 AM PST by relictele
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

I doubt I would have been able to stop myself from doing the same thing for one of my dogs.


3 posted on 12/29/2012 5:36:23 AM PST by RC one (From My Cold Dead Hands.)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

takes 3 posts to not blame the victims

rescuing a screaming pet, and then rescuing another human being struck on a highway, is a natural rerflex in many of us

God Bless them all


4 posted on 12/29/2012 5:37:05 AM PST by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

My pity is reserved for the poor motorists who’ll have to live with the memory of hitting Stupid/Stupider/Stupidest.


5 posted on 12/29/2012 5:38:18 AM PST by tomkat (liberty or death)
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To: RC one

picking someone up who was too drunk to drive home maybe?


6 posted on 12/29/2012 5:38:23 AM PST by RC one (From My Cold Dead Hands.)
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To: silverleaf

Thank you.


7 posted on 12/29/2012 5:39:12 AM PST by OKSooner ("The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God's people. Amen." - Revelation 22:21)
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To: silverleaf

I’ve seen people swerve into other vehicles (occupied by humans) to avoid hitting a bird in the roadway.

Priorities...


8 posted on 12/29/2012 5:40:56 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

I know that road well on the way to the Chumash casino. i feel SO sorry for that dog.


9 posted on 12/29/2012 5:43:38 AM PST by Moonmad27 ("I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way." Jessica Rabbitll)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

This is CA where the unexpected is the norm.


10 posted on 12/29/2012 5:45:40 AM PST by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: tomkat

Post of the Morning Award!


11 posted on 12/29/2012 5:46:33 AM PST by vladimir998
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

The Daily Mail [UK] already has this story and with more detail than the local paper. There is at least one hit and run involved as well.

Not that it matters greatly, but this was not much of a highway - one lane each way and in bad condition. I wonder if they had a few drinks or something. It just doesn’t look all that hard to navigate those lanes except there is no place to pull completely off the road - assuming the photo is of the exact spot it happened. - Photo and details here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2254457/Two-women-tragically-killed-trying-rescue-dog-highway.html?ito=feeds-newsxml


12 posted on 12/29/2012 5:47:30 AM PST by expat1000
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

What is an appropriate time to go to a casino?

Goofing on people who died sure makes you the stock that you bemoan is missing from too many.

Yeah, this is the evidence we have been waiting for that society is in trouble.

People made the wrong snap decisions. They paid dearly. Now let’s turn it into something dark and deep.


13 posted on 12/29/2012 5:47:49 AM PST by sakic
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To: kearnyirish2

“””I’ve seen people swerve into other vehicles (occupied by humans) to avoid hitting a bird in the roadway.

Priorities...”””

I damn near plowed into the back of a Subaru in Minneapolis last year because they stopped in the middle of 394 to let a DUCK walk across. If I am going down the highway and a dog, a duck or a brontasaurus are in the way they will get plowed over before I risk injuring another human being.


14 posted on 12/29/2012 5:48:04 AM PST by shelterguy
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

They could have been going to the casino for lunch.


15 posted on 12/29/2012 5:48:14 AM PST by CPOSharky (zero slogan: Expect less, pay more. (apologies to Target))
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To: kearnyirish2
I’ve seen people swerve into other vehicles (occupied by humans) to avoid hitting a bird in the roadway.

Priorities...

Reflexes...

16 posted on 12/29/2012 5:50:13 AM PST by Right Brother
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To: kearnyirish2

Years ago one of the guys who worked at the Circle K around the corner from our house was hit and killed on the freeway. He drove an older Firebird and while driving down the freeway the sun roof blew off and he actually pulled over and went onto the road to retrieve it and was hit and killed.
Guess it could’ve been a safety thing to him, remove the debris, but I probably would have left it and called the police to retrieve it.


17 posted on 12/29/2012 5:58:40 AM PST by sheana
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To: RC one

Odds are some imperiled animal will be the death of me.

Oh well.


18 posted on 12/29/2012 6:13:40 AM PST by Salamander (Never go to bed mad. Stay up all night plotting revenge.)
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To: Moonmad27
I know that road well on the way to the Chumash casino.

Yep, shoulda had a nice meal at the Cold Springs Tavern then go home instead.

19 posted on 12/29/2012 6:22:57 AM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back The Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: sakic
>>>People made the wrong snap decisions. They paid dearly. Now let’s turn it into something dark and deep.How about cars are the new murder weapons? BTW, more deaths by cars then guns? I could eaily see liberals jumping on this cause to ban cars as weapons.
20 posted on 12/29/2012 6:26:43 AM PST by SIRTRIS
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