Was going to save this for tomorrow, but people are talking and it’s still evening on the west coast. John forwarded an email from Dirk:
I’m a regular lurker on Balloon Juice (I like that new guy, btw) and I was just emailing you to see if you might give some Balloon Juice coverage to a fundrazr effort for two victims of a pretty horrible hit and run in Carmichael, CA.
Basically, a 23 year old woman and her 21 year old boyfriend were walking her four Australian Cattledogs and a car blew through a stop light, hit all of them, killed the 4 dogs instantly, severed the young man’s leg and put the woman in the hospital too…
Latest info, via commentor
Paul William Walden, 31, of North Highlands, was arrested at 1:22 a.m. today after the CHP pulled him over at Bainbridge and Salazar drives on suspicion of drunken driving. Walden was driving a 1987 Nissan Maxima and officers noticed damage to the vehicle.
He subsequently told investigators he was driving the car that hit the couple, the CHP said, but Officer Todd VanLindt said Walden claimed he did not know at the time that he had hit anyone. He explained that he had seen a man and a dog but did not believe he had struck them, VanLindt said…
Gemily West, 23, and her boyfriend, Harison Long-Randall, 21, were cut down in a crosswalk at Garfield Avenue and Engle Road at about 10 p.m. Monday. West suffered a broken leg and is listed in good condition this morning at San Juan Mercy Hosital. Long-Randall, who is credited with trying to push West out of the path of the car, lost part of a leg in the crash and is listed in critical but stable condition this morning.