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article imageVideo: Kayaker rescues dog lost after owner killed by car

By Kim I. Hartman     Jan 9, 2012 in Odd News
Sarasota - A Florida man kayaking in the Gulf of Mexico was surprised by a dog that swam up to him while he was fishing off Siesta Key. After posting his video on YouTube he learned the dog had ran away from the scene of a DUI accident in which the owner was killed.
An odd story that included the rescue of a Hungarian Vizsla by a man out for a day of kayak fishing turned even more bizarre after the kayaker connected the dog with an accident that claimed the life of a woman a few miles away.
The kayak, which was equipped with a video camera to record the man's fishing experiences, caught the rescue of the injured dog, who was bleeding from cuts on his legs and body.
The rescue of the dog named Barney followed a horrific series of events involving suspected driver Blake Talman, that police say included the hit and run accident in which Siesta Key resident Donna Chen, 53, was killed.
Talman, 22, who was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, has been accused of striking Chen and Barney while fleeing the scene of an accident that occurred moments before.
Chen who was the former emergency medicine director of Venice Hospital and Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, according to the Sarasota Patch, was found face down on the pavement. Her dog, who was with her at the time, was nowhere to be found.
The frightened and injured dog ran nearly a mile to the Gulf of Mexico. He then swam out to sea where he was rescued by the kayaker. The man said in the YouTube video description, "Our guess is that the dog was so freaked out and traumatized that he just wanted to get as far away from there as possible. And when he ran out of land, he took to the water."
Police said that Talman, was fleeing the scene of another crash when his Nissan Altima spun out of control, hitting Chen and the dog. He then plowed through some landscaping and hit a street sign, and several wooden poles at the entrance to St. Michael's Archangel Catholic Church. The suspect's car finally came to a stop after hitting a Ford Escort, reports ABC News.
Talman and his passenger were taken to the hospital where they were treated for their injuries. Talman was arrested and charged with one count of DUI manslaughter, nine counts of DUI with property damage and one count of fleeing the scene of a crash with property damage, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Department.
Talman is being held without bond at the Sarasota County Jail.
Barney has been returned to the grieving family of Chen. She was survived by her husband, Dr. Wellington Chen, and three children.
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