On Sunday evening, two women were killed trying to save a stray dog in the middle of a dark road in Dickinson, Texas. Linda Kirkland, 69, and Martha Arvidsson, 66, were struck b a vehicle on FM517 in Dickinson.
According to Click2Houston, the two women stopped their cars, turned on their emergency flashers and proceeded to round up the dog. It was at that moment Fernando Octavianai, 36, fatally struck the women and the dog. When authorities arrived, the two women were dead.
Octavianai remained at the scene and showed no signs of intoxication, however he was later charged with an invalid license and failure to maintain financial responsibility. Kirkland’s daughter thinks Octavianai got “away with murder” for illegally operating a car.
Kirkland had been a volunteer with Southern Comforts Animal Rescue. On the organization’s Facebook page, prayers of comfort and sympathy flooded in.
“…Linda and Gary have helped our rescue in more ways than I can list here-Fostering dogs, helping build fences, bathing puppies, collecting blankets and towels, cleaning crates , prepping the van for adoption road trips, doing photo and video shoots, transporting dogs from the shelter on their freedom rides, and the list goes on and on. All done willingly, happily , and all for the love of the animals-wanting only to help them in whatever ways they could. Our hearts are shattered at the loss of Linda , for her life cut short, for her family’s loss of her , and for the animals that needed her to be their voice. We are honored to have known this great lady and call her our friend –our hope is she will watch over us and give us strength to continue our mission without her by our side.”
A GoFundMe account has been established to help with funeral costs.
(Photo via GoFundMe)
Rest in peace.
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