Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Dog killed in hit and run

Express Staff Writer

Hailey resident Ken Martin had the scare of his life on Monday night. While taking his nightly walk along the bike path with his dog, a car with no headlights came roaring down the path. Martin managed to jump off the path to safety, but his 5-year-old chocolate Labrador, Hanna, was hit and killed. The driver of the car did not stop.

The incident took place at 11 p.m. on the bike path near Fifth and Silver streets in the Curtis subdivision of Hailey. Martin said he heard the roaring of an engine, but did not put two and two together until the car was headed right at him.

In the dark, he did not get a good look at the car nor see a license plate number, though from the height of the vehicle he believes it was some kind of SUV.

"It was so dark and it all happened so fast I couldn't get a description," Martin said.

He said the car was going around 40 m.p.h.

"My guess is a kid or a drunk was out for a joyride," Martin said. "They probably turned onto Myrtle, then gunned it and never thought about the fact that there are all kinds of people on the bike path, people like me."

Hailey Assistant Police Chief Dave Stellers called the act "senseless." The department is still investigating.

Martin is simply devastated by his loss. Hanna, known around town as "Hanna Banana," was adopted from the Animal Shelter.

"She was abandoned and I took her in," Martin said. "She was the happiest dog ever. She was like my kid."

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