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  1. #1
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    Mar 2009
    Upstate NY

    FL - Donna Chen, 53, killed by drunk driver, Siesta Key, 7 Jan 2012

    Terrified dog is rescued by kayaker a MILE from coast after fleeing hit-and-run car crash that killed its mother-of-three owner (Daily Mail)
    [A] dog was rescued by a fisherman after swimming a mile out to sea when his owner was killed by a drunk hit-and-run driver while jogging.

    Rory O'Connor plucked petrified Barney out of the water while off the coast of Sarasota, Florida.

    His owner Donna Chen, a mother of three, was run over and killed by an alleged drunk driver as she jogged with Barney - who ran for his life when he saw the accident.
    Posting the video on YouTube, the fisherman known only as midget2000x, said: ‘Our guess is that he was so freaked out and traumatised that he just wanted to get as far away from there as possible.

    ‘And when he ran out of land, he took to water.

    ‘I feel lucky that I was there fishing, because there was no place for him to go and I don't know if he could have made it much further.’
    more, with several pictures the the video, at Daily Mail link above

  2. #2
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    Jul 2005
    Oh my goodness! That is heart breaking. Sad sad story. I am so happy he was found and returned to the family,

  3. #3
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    Jun 2004
    SF Bay Area, CA


    I agree, but I hope the drunk driver pays a severe penalty- he was going 90 mph and killed the woman!!! Too bad he wasn't arrested by the cops on the beach before he got behind the wheel.
    This is the year to locate Mark Dribin http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...ht=Mark+Dribin NamUs MP#876 and Ilene Misheloff http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...lene+Misheloff NamUs MP#6410 and bring them home to their families!

    Parents watch your children. Free-range parenting leads to more child victims.

    Cruelty to humans begins with cruelty to animals.

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  4. #4
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    Aug 2008

    "I think Barney coming back to us was a total miracle," said Dr. Chen.
    Always tell the truth. That way you don't have to remember what you said.--Mark Twain

  5. #5
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    Mar 2010
    WOW--just amazing.

  6. #6
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    Jan 2006
    on the prowl
    It was a miracle, Dr. Chen. Thankfully the family at least has Barney still with them.

    Rest in Peace, Donna
    Rest in Peace
    Joey, Summer, Gianni & Joseph Mateo

  7. #7
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    Apr 2013
    From November 2013:


    In a courtroom filled with his family and the family of the jogger he killed nearly two years ago, Blake Talman apologized...

    Talman entered a guilty plea Monday to DUI manslaughter, and other lesser charges, in the January 2012 death of Donna Chen.

    Circuit Court Judge Frederick Mercurio sentenced Talman to 15 years in prison, followed by five years of probation. His driver's license is permanently revoked, and he must complete DUI school and a victim impact panel upon his release.
    From July 2015:


    Sarasota County commissioners this morning approved a $200,000 settlement with the estate of Donna Chen, who was killed by a drunk driver on Siesta Key in 2012...

    The Chen family’s counsel said deputies made contact with Talman twice before the accident and arrested one of the 23-year-old’s friends for disorderly intoxication. Officers allegedly instructed the men to “go home or go to jail.”

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