Compounding the tragedy of their loss, the family of Donna Sartori, a Middle Island woman killed in a crash Sunday in Hampton Bays, have been unable to locate their dog.
The dog, named Bam Bam, is a Lhasa Apso.
“Please keep your eyes open for a black and white Lhasa,” Sartori’s cousin, Doreen Obiedzenski, said. “He has a chip for identification. Bringing this pup home would offer a small bit of comfort to Donna’s heartbroken family.”
The family believes that Sartori likely had the dog with her in her vehicle that morning, as she was delivering newspapers on Montauk Highway around 4:30 a.m., and that the dog got away in the confusion. According to police, Sartori, 56, was not in her vehicle during the crash, in which a 2001 Ford pick-up truck driving west struck a parked car, then Sartori and her parked car. Sartori was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the pickup truck, 31-year-old Joseph Perez, of Aquebogue, was charged with driving while intoxicated.
The Southampton Animal Shelter has been alerted that the dog may be in the Hampton Bays area.
Obiedzenski may be called at 631-721-6485.