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Hit-And-Run Driver Hits Woman, Kills Guide Dog

Posted October 7, 2005

— A guide dog was killed and a 22-year-old blind woman was injured after police say a drunken driver jumped a curb and hit them at a Carrboro bus stop.

Danielle Iredale, a student at the university of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was released from the hospital Friday evening. Iredale was initially listed in serious condition.

Police say the driver, 27-year-old Stephen Coffee, of Carrboro, was arrested at his home shortly after the accident Wednesday morning. Coffee resisted arrest and a breath test showed Coffee's blood alcohol level at twice the legal level, according to police.

"You'd be out of your mind to do that, and then to just leave like that," Iredale said. "I don't know how he could do that."

Marija Kurtovic was beside Iredale at the bus stop and was able to jump out of the way when she saw the vehicle coming at them. She said Iredale, who had headphones on, had no way of knowing the car was heading her way.

Coffee, who has past alcohol-related violations, was charged with felony harming an animal, felony hit and run, driving while intoxicated, and other violations.

On Friday, Coffee had a bond hearing and made his court appearance through a video monitor. He is being held in the Orange County jail under a $25,000 bond.

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