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Police analyze deadly Burlington crash scene

Burlington, Vermont - December 30, 2010

Just feet away from Kaye Borneman's memorial on Main Street in Burlington, Vermont State Police investigate the crash that took her life.

"We're all really hurting. We miss our friend," said Sarah Karandi, Borneman's friend.

"It's terrible. There's not anything really to say to fix it, but we miss her very much," said Kate Thomas, Borneman's friend.

The 43-year-old Burlington woman was killed instantly when police say Timothy Dowd broadsided her car Sunday night. Police say Dowd fled a traffic stop, leading officers on a chase through downtown. Now Vermont State Police have been called in to investigate the crash.

"What they're using is an instrument called the total station. It's much like the surveyors tool in which it will provide a to-scale diagram of the intersection of St. Paul and Main streets," Vt. State Police Sgt. Garry Scott said.

The investigation will piece together what happened just before the impact and after the crash to determine things like how fast Dowd was traveling and if he tried to avoid Borneman's vehicle like he claims.

"We know which lanes, were there turn lanes, were there straight lanes? So we can aid in the criminal proceedings for this, so we know what it looked like at the time and we'll go back and try to place the cars and put them where we found them after the crash," Scott explained.

"Everybody's going to fight for Kaye. She would fight for us and we're going to fight for her all the way," said Christina Lord, Borneman's friend.

Borneman's friends want answers now. State Police say they recognize that and hope to wrap up their investigation as quickly as possible.

"This is going to take-- it could take up to several months before we get everything completed," Scott said.

State police are only investigating the actual crash. Burlington Police are conducting an internal investigation into the pursuit.

As of now, Timothy Dowd is facing criminal charges of gross negligent operation of a vehicle. But those charges may be upgraded depending on results of the state police investigation and toxicology tests. Those tests will determine if Dowd was drunk at the time of the crash.

Gina Bullard - WCAX News

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