Despite his age of 101, friends say a local Burbank man had the stamina of someone much younger and never skipped a beat. He was a photographer and former Olympic boxer who loved to play pool at a senior center located across the street from his photography studio on Olive Avenue. He even served as a grand marshal in Burbank's centennial parade last year. Some called him a legend. After a recent accident, however, the community was thrown into shock and grief.
The man was crossing the street after leaving the senior center one night when he was struck by a car. He was taken to Providence Saint Joseph's Medical Center, but died shortly after. Police say the driver was a 91-year-old woman. She was released after being questioned about the accident.
Friends and family continue to mourn loss of their beloved community member. Reports say a friend of the man's lit a candle near the accident site in his remembrance. Others left flowers, creating a memorial for passersby to see.
This devastating accident is a tragedy that has affected many people, as most car accidents do. While it appears that police will not file charges against the elderly woman who hit this man, this accident does highlight the importance of diligent and cautious driving. As a community mourns its loss, hopefully drivers in Burbank and throughout the state of California will do their best to drive safely so as to prevent similar accidents in the future.
Source: Los Angeles Times, "Friends mourn photographer, 101, killed by driver, 91, in Burbank," Maria Hsin, May 26, 2012