Michael Crocker and 4-month-old yellow Lab mix Bella were driving home to California from his college in Alabama in May. Crocker was exhausted by the time they reached Arizona, but he wanted to keep going and get home. He fell asleep and his car veered off the road, hit a sign and rolled back onto the road. A college friend was driving behind him and he went to Crocker's aid. Bella was nowhere to be found, and Crocker "started freaking out about her."