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2 Injured, 4 Dogs Killed in Hit and Run at Garfield/Engle Intersection

CHP is investigating incident.

Two people were seriously injured and four dogs were killed in a hit-and-run collision with a motorist late Monday evening at the intersection of Garfield Avenue and Engle Road in Carmichael, California Highway Patrol officers confirmed.

At about 10 p.m., Gemily West, 23, of Carmichael and Harison Long-Randall, 21, of Grass Valley were walking dogs in the crosswalk on Garfield when a motorist in a metallic light brown 1986 or 1987 Nissan Maxima, driving southbound struck a stop sign pole and then the group, said CHP Sgt. Lori Hanson.

Long-Randall and West were transported to Mercy San Juan Medical Center, according to the CHP. Long-Randall sustained a broken leg and major abdominal trauma and was in critical condition, Hanson said.

West sustained major injuries including a broken leg and abrasions to her back and abdominal area.

The dogs, which were medium- to large-sized, were killed on impact, Hanson said.

The CHP is investigating the case. Anyone with information on the motorist is asked to call (916) 338-6710 or 861-1300.

Based on the physical evidence collected at the scene, the suspect vehicle will have sustained moderate left front end damage consisting of a missing driver’s
side mirror and damaged left side running lights and turn signal lens, according to the CHP. The driver fled the scene of the collision in the suspect vehicle.

"We all make mistakes, you know, you get scared and maybe you run off," Taylor West, Gemily's brother, told News 10. "But it's time to do the right thing and it's time to be held accountable."

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Merlie Trinidad July 17, 2012 at 06:38 PM
This is horrible. I hope they catch the person or people that did this. Thanks for geting the word out on our local news
Sara Burkett-Carew July 17, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Please help find this person. My best friend lost her four babies and her boyfriend lost his leg. They do not deserve this! Bring justice to Winry, Zury, Bindi and Evie ♥ The correct way to spell her name is "Gemily" Harry is also now in stable condition.
BC July 17, 2012 at 09:47 PM
I would like to make a correction/add some into here, I know the family and what happened. Hari lost his leg from the knee down and his pelvis has been split in half. Last night he was on blood transfusions for about 3 hours as they fought to stop the bleeding. He is now in critical but stable condition. Gemily suffered a compound fracture to her lower leg requiring surgery and a permanent pin
Cody Kitaura (Editor) July 17, 2012 at 10:03 PM
How awful.
Stephen July 18, 2012 at 02:44 AM
This is a tragedy that should have never happened. I am very familiar with that intersection and I didn't like the way it was designed. There should have been a stoplight installed in that intersection. Based on the injuries I've read, it appeared that the person was running the stop sign, perhaps under influence of alcohol since there was an evidence of damaged stop sign. He might have served off the road. I believe this person choose to run from the scene to avoid being held responsible for drinking and driving and running the stop sign and causing a bodily injuries to a young couple and their four dogs. A case like this is punishable with prison time. My prayers go out to Hari and Gemily and their families and friends for their speedy recovery and their beloved dogs in heaven.
Shirley July 19, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Where may we send funds to help them during this horrendous crisis?
Sara Burkett-Carew July 19, 2012 at 02:44 AM
We are working on setting up trust funds for both Gemily and Harison. The veterinarian's office is accepting donations for the cremation of the dogs. The have generously offered to do it at cost, but it will still be of some expense. Orangevale Vetnarian Hospital is accepting donations, just call them at 916-987-2055 (I believe this is the right number). The family will let everyone know when and where people can donate for medical expenses, ect. when it is confirmed. Thank you to everyone!
Liz Pauling July 19, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Gemily family, how can we help you? I'm so sorry for your loss!
Victor Calderon (Editor) July 19, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Sara and BC, do you have a recent photo of the couple you can email to me at victor.calderon@patch.com? Please email me with details about how people can donate to the trust funds so I can publish that. Thanks. -Carmichael Patch editor Victor Calderon
Sara Burkett-Carew July 19, 2012 at 07:03 AM
Pam Dinsmore Community Affairs Director The Sacramento Bee 2100 Q St. Sacramento, CA 95816 Here is the address where the family will be collecting funds. Victor, I will be emailing you pictures shortly.
Vivian July 19, 2012 at 01:57 PM
A stoplight would work for law abiding citizens. For those that travel at 80 mph on that road...physically or mentally impaired.. not so much.
Victor Calderon (Editor) July 19, 2012 at 07:06 PM
An arrest has been made in the case http://carmichael.patch.com/articles/arrest-made-in-hit-and-run-at-garfield-engle-intersection
Anna July 19, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Can you please post this also on SacBee because there is a larger audience there also on LATImes which ran the story.... as many other cities you can, plus start a FB page for some sort of memorial for the dogs, to help all NEVER FORGET this - national exposure as this 3 time DUI was a timebomb waiting to go off...
Sara Burkett-Carew July 20, 2012 at 01:58 AM
https://www.facebook.com/GemilyAndHarry?ref=stream Here is the Facebook page set up for Hari and Gemily.
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