Woman accused of throwing dog off seventh floor parking garage victim of hit and run

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In Sacramento County, a woman who threw a small dog to his death from a parking garage in San Francisco, California in a highly publicized case, has died in a hit and run automobile accident. Wakeen Best had been walking through an intersection in North Highlands last month when she was struck by a vehicle and killed.

According to Yahoo News, details of the alleged hit-and-run have not been made available, although the deputy public defender who represented Best stated the woman had a very “tough life,” and her death was a tragic ending.

Wakeen Best was found guilty of animal cruelty related to the February 2018 incident which claimed the dog’s life.

The story goes back to February 10 when Best entered the Sutter/Stockton garage and targeted the “fanciest car” she saw on the seventh floor. After breaking the vehicle’s window she encountered a small Chihuahua named Dunky. The dog’s barking startled the woman who “mortally wounded” the dog before throwing his body from the seventh floor lot.

Best was sentenced to three years in prison, but a state appeals court overturned her conviction in May 2020 because she had been denied the right to act as her own attorney.

Prosecutors decided not to retry the case since Best had already served her jail sentence with time off for good behavior.

Read previous coverage of this case here and here.

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