Siesta Key Jogger Dies After Hit by Car

Blake Talman of Bradenton is charged with DUI manslaughter for hitting Donna Chen of Sarasota, who was jogging Saturday afternoon on Midnight Pass Road.

A 53-year-old Sarasota jogger was struck and killed by a drunken driver fleeing the scene of a car crash Saturday afternoon, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Donna L. Chen of Sarasota was jogging along the shoulder of Midnight Pass Road in Siesta Key, when she was hit by an Altima driven by Blake C. Talman, 22, of Bradenton, investigators said.

(For more about Donna Chen's life, please read 'Donna Chen was 'thoughful, caring.')

She was found face down in the middle of Midnight Pass Road, according to the accident report.

The Florida Highway Patrol reports that Talman was driving the 2000 Nissan Altima north on Midnight Pass Road as he fled a crash scene.

spoke to that victim of that first crash:

"Richie Valente was the victim of the hit-and-run accident that occurred just seconds before Chen was killed.

According to Valente, he was southbound on Midnight Pass Road in his 2008 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, stopped at the light at Beach Road, when he saw Talman in his rear view mirror "screaming up behind" him."

Valente said Talman left more than 40 feet of skidmarks attempting to stop before rear-ending his pickup.

After colliding with the left rear of the truck, Valente said, Talman spun across the roadway, turned 180 degrees and fled the scene northbound until he struck Chen less than a half-mile away."

As he approached Glebe Lane, Talman apparently lost control on a left curve in the road and the vehicle veered on to the eastern shoulder. It first struck a metal pole, at about 1:10 p.m.

Talman kept driving north on the shoulder of Midnight Pass Road, and his car struck Chen, who was jogging.

Investigators say that Talman did not stop but driving, after striking Chen. His vehicle then hit landscaping and a street sign for North View Drive and Midnight Pass Road.

The car drove across North View Drive, veered to the left across Midnight Pass Road to the western shoulder, where it struck several yellow wooden poles at the entrance to , police said.

Again, the Altima did not stop but kept going north on Midnight Pass Road's shoulder, police said.

Meanwhile, another car, a 1992 Ford Escort driven by Ashley D. Mullins, 18, of Sarasota, was traveling north on Midnight Pass Road. Her car stopped just north of the church to avoid getting hit by the Altima, police said.

Yet the Altima still struck the rear corner of the Escort, causing the Altima to veer left, hitting a telephone pole, police said. The car spun around and finally came to a stop, facing south.

The Escort was also turned by the collision, and was found facing south, police said.

Talman is charged with:

  • Driving Under the Influence manslaughter,
  • DUI Property damage,
  • Hit-and-run,
  • DUI, Personal injury. 

He also suffered serious injuries and was taken to . 

Talman is being held on $121,000 in bonds — $50,000 for each DUI manslaughter charge and $21,000 in bonds racked up for the multiple property damage charges, DUI charge and hit-and-run offense, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Web site.

David J. Brewer, 24, of Sarasota, was a passenger in Talman's car and also suffered serious injuries and was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

According to a June 2010 Newsletter, Chen is a 30-year-resident of Sarasota with her husband Dr. Wellington Chen. Wellington chen was the former emergency medicine director of Venice Hospital and Doctors Hospital of Sarasota and is retired from actively practicing medicine.

The couple lived on the north end of Siesta Key for the past 15 years, according to the newsletter. They have three children, the newsletter said.

Mullins, the driver of the Escort, had minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

This article has been updated.

Karen January 08, 2012 at 06:16 PM
If I ran the Sarasota County Sheriff's Dept., I would do sobriety checks EVERY Saturday and Sunday on Siesta Key (afternoons and evenings). What a very sad story and a tragic loss of a life.
Anonymous January 08, 2012 at 07:05 PM
I knew mrs Chen through her patronage at my store. She was a very nice lady. My prayers go out to her family and I pray that one day the jerk who has now forever changed many peoples lives finds remorse for his actions.
Mike January 08, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Sobriety checkpoints are horrible and it disgusts me that they're allowed. They violate everyone's rights so they can apprehend a small percentage of wrongdoers. Statistics show that roving "wolf pack" patrols get much more drunk drivers off the road, in addition to speeders, tailgaters, etc. All that without violating the 4th amendment rights of the citizens.
Lily January 09, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Mike, this is the absolute wrong place to voice your opinion on the matter. Simply inappropriate. This DUI driver is part of that "small percentage of wrongdoers" who killed my classmate's mother. Not so small of a percentage now, is it?
Mike January 09, 2012 at 01:50 AM
First, I'm sorry for your loss. DUI drivers need to be punished, but not at the expense of my rights. And I'm sorry you feel that an internet message board meant for discussion is not a place for me to share my views.
Jeffrey Lambrix January 09, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Mike, Driving is a privledge not a right.
Judith Harte Browning January 09, 2012 at 05:05 PM
We at the Sarasota Yacht Club of which she was a member are deeply saddened. We pray for her family and friends as they try to deal with this loss. We agree that sobriety check points are necessary there, as well as coming off of Bird Key and on to U.S.41. JD & David Browning
Jay Isbell January 09, 2012 at 10:35 PM
I'm unclear about the "viable fetus", who was carrying the fetus? Also, by now most are probably aware of the Youtube video related to this sad story--Mrs. Chen's dog for some reason (apparently also hit) swam out to sea, and was rescued by a guy in a Kayak. The dog seems OK, though was limping pretty bad. I know "what if's" don't help, but if he had only stopped after the 1st collision, and faced the medicine for drunk driving--hell, even if he had left, but started driving like a sane person--even drunk, there really are those that would proceed away from the scene slowly and carefully, drink doesn't make everyone (and this is NO defense of drunk driving, don't misunderstand me) "step on it" especially after they already have hit someone. Just what the hell he was thinking is a question I hope he gets asked and just saying "he was drinking" is NOT good enough to explain, least wise excuse this sad sack of ............
Charles Schelle (Editor) January 10, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Hi Jay, We've shared the same questions over on Facebook.com/SarasotaPatch and we're trying to get clarification on what this charge is or if the title of the charge was left off in the Sheriff's Office system because FHP didn't list the charges formally, just in summary form. We also have the kayaker and dog story on our home page that we posted this morning: http://patch.com/A-pYWb
michael ramirez January 10, 2012 at 05:08 PM
this is so hart breaking to kill a person and leve them all alone by the road to die all alone is bad i hope all the people who have some kind of a hart call sheriff dept and demand justice for this poor woman may god bless her soul and my thoughts and prayers go to her familey as for the drunk driver i hope he gets the silver needel . does aney one know who the fisher man is he was god angel and god bless him
Johnny walker January 10, 2012 at 08:40 PM
I wnt to apologize to the families, blake was n the wrong, and no he shld of ben alot more responsible. But he was a good guy who made a mistake u knw he ddnt jus effect the lost ones but he has an unborn bby he will nvr get to c:( all im askim is I plz forgive him he made a bad decision and dnt get me wrong he deserves a punishment!
maria January 11, 2012 at 03:55 AM
it is very sad that she died alone.. but I believe her spirit brought her dog safely to the fisherman. The driver should also get a fine for animal abuse.. he not only killed the woman but hit, injured and traumatized her dog.. there should be a fine for that..Imagine watching the person who means the world to you die?... And what is worse is the stupid drunk guy who is crying NOW.. is going to be a dad... how absolutely disgusting it is to know that Stupid People are Allowed to reproduce...
Jim Baggins January 11, 2012 at 02:18 PM
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001059294900&sk=wall Good ol' Blakey
kelly January 13, 2012 at 03:14 PM
I agree with Jeffrey, driving is a privledge not a right, and I welcome MORE checkpoints around Sarasota. That "small percentage" was responsible for the death of Donna Chen. You are in the minority when it comes to this subject. The only people that don't want more sobriety check points are the people drinking and driving. My brother was killed by a drunk driver and there is no excuse for getting behind the wheel intoxicated.


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