Alleged DUI Crash Kills Dog

A woman is still in the hospital with serious injuries following a crash that killed her canine companion. The woman responsible for the crash has been arrested on DUI charges.

27-year-old Kaleigh McKerson of Scottsdale, Arizona was arrested for her part in the crash that shut down parts of Carrillo Street in Santa Barbara on Tuesday. The crash occurred at about 6:45 p.m., near the intersection with Miramonte Road.

She had been driving a Volkswagen Jetta on Carrillo Street when her car crossed over the center line into oncoming traffic. McKerson struck a Silver SUV waiting to turn left when she drifted into oncoming traffic lanes.

At the scene of the accident, police gave McKerson a sobriety test. The breath test registered at .16, which is twice the legal limit.

She was arrested on the scene and faces possible charges of Felony DUI resulting in injury.

The driver of the SUV, identified as Santa Barbara resident Kathryn Organ, is 64. She was taken to the hospital, where she remained as of Thursday evening. McKerson did not suffer any injuries but appeared to first responders to be distressed.

Organ’s dog, who was sitting on her lap at the time of the crash, did not survive.

The Santa Barbara Fire Department would like to remind people who have pets to properly restrain them when they ride in vehicles.

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