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Friends honor victim one year after fatal accident

Kaye Borneman Kaye Borneman

Burlington, Vermont - December 26, 2011

Families across the country are spending the holidays in the company of friends and relatives. But for those who knew Kaye Borneman, it's a sad day, exactly one year after a high-speed chase and an allegedly drunk driver led to her death.

At about 9 p.m. on December 26th of last year, Burlington police tried to pull over 52-year-old Timothy Dowd. A high-speed chase ensued, as police say he blew through traffic lights and stop signs.

Three minutes later it ended in a horrific car accident, killing 43-year-old Kathryn Borneman.

She was just someone fun to hang out with," said former friend and co-worker Lauren Belanger, "if you didn't have anything to do, just wanted to go cruise around town, she'd be always up for that."

Exactly one year later, friends held a memorial service at City Hall Park, the scene of the crash. "We don't have a gravestone for her, no memorials to go and visit," explained Belanger, "we call it 'K's corner', this is where she died, and this is where we remember her."

Dowd is currently behind bars, charged with 2nd degree murder and his fifth D.U.I. Though the matter isn't resolved, it led legislators to tighten drunk driving laws last spring.

"I think it's made people more aware," said Belanger.

Dowd allegedly expressed remorse to police after the crash, but his attorney says those comments can't be used against him because he wasn't read his rights. The matter will be back in front of a judge in January.

Friends say hopefully the happy will return to the holidays with each passing year.

"This was definitely a hard Christmas, especially with all the Christmas songs out there, it made me miss her a lot," said Belanger, "but I think it will get easier as time goes on, eventually it'll be a positive thing that I can think about Kaye and the holidays as well."

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