Blind Student Recovering After Accident That Killed Guide
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 14, 2005
CARRBORO, NORTH CAROLINA--A blind student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is recovering from a broken leg and other injuries from when she and her guide dog were struck by a car while waiting at a bus stop.
Danielle Iredale, 22, was standing on the curb with her German Shepard, Inka, on the morning of October 5, when a car drove onto the sidewalk -- striking them both -- then left the scene.
Police said Inka was later found dead more than 50 feet from where she was struck.
Iredale said she would need to take some time to mourn the loss of Inka before she considers getting a new guide dog.
"The thought of 'How could this happen?' is all you are left with," she said. "When she was in her harness, I never thought to worry about her."
"I thought we could protect each other."
According to Chapel Hill News, police found a car matching the description of the one that hit Iredale and her dog.
They arrested Stephen Coffee, 27, and charged him with felony harming an animal, felony hit and run, reckless driving, driving while a license is revoked, driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest and injury to property. Coffee reportedly showed a blood alcohol level of 0.16 percent, which is twice the legal limit for drinking and driving in the state.
"Driver hits blind woman, injuring her and killing her dog" (Chapel Hill News)
"Blind woman who lost dog is sad, angry" (Herald-Sun)