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Family of deadly car crash victim speaks out

Kaye Borneman Kaye Borneman
John, Robert and Merry Borneman John, Robert and Merry Borneman

Burlington, Vermont - January 7, 2011

"Her laugh-- she had a deep, bubbly laugh."

John Borneman reminisced about some of his fondest memories of his daughter, Kaye, with his other children.

"When I came to the airport I expected to see her, she was big and had her black coat on," he said.

Her family traveled to Vermont from California where they live in time for Kaye's memorial on Saturday.

"It's really a senseless way for a vibrant young person to die," said Merry Borneman, Kaye's sister.

Kaye was killed in a crash in downtown Burlington two days after Christmas. She was on her way home from the movies, when police say Timothy Dowd slammed into her car. Police say he was drunk and fleeing a traffic stop.

"Four DUIs, eight stop lights, two stop signs and a chase through the center of the city-- those weren't reasonable things," said Robert Borneman, Kaye's brother.

The family says Dowd's actions have left not only the family in mourning, but the entire community.

"It hurt so hard," Robert Borneman said. "But one thing I knew very quickly was that she died among friends and family not among strangers. She died here loved and cared for by a community and town that really embraced her and we're really grateful for that."

Now the family hopes her tragic death can bring change to drunk driving laws. They plan to meet with legislators this week.

"I think she would have wanted this same thing to try to make something positive come about it," Merry Borneman said. "We can't turn back the clock-- it's over and done-- and all we can do is try to find something to help other people."

"She was never vindictive-- ever," Robert Borneman said. "And I think that's something that all of us share; we don't want revenge or payback, we don't want to push reactionary laws or legislation that's not what Kaye would have wanted either. She would want something well thought out and sensible and sensitive."

Kaye loved to laugh and loved the movies and her family hopes that's what people will remember about her.

"We're really hoping to put a Hollywood-style star in downtown Burlington in memory of her because she would love that," Robert Borneman said.

And they hope that Kaye can now play a role in saving other lives.

The Borneman family is asking if people that would like to donate to reach out to the Boys & Girls Club and Food Shelf in Vermont-- where Kaye volunteered much of her time.

Gina Bullard - WCAX News

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