Dakota and her mother Connie were seen trying to escape Willamette in their car. After running over a zombie, Connie tries to comfort her, but is caught off guard when an out of control semi-trailer truck nearly collides with their car, instead clipping its rear end and sending them spinning. Connie is knocked momentarily unconscious, and regains consciousness as several dozen zombies close in on them. She attempts to start her car, but the engine fails after several attempts. She and Dakota are presumably killed by the zombies.
- Dakota's name is not discovered in the game and can only be found out from the game manual.
- She may not have been killed because in the cutscene, due to the fact the zombies walk towards the car but then the screen fades to black. Hinting that they could have fled to the truck or escaped on foot.
- She is the first child to appear in the game series second being Katey Greene