Woman killed by drunk driver while walking bike across Sepulveda Blvd in Manhattan Beach

There’s something seriously wrong when a woman can’t even walk her bike across a street without getting killed by an underage drunk driver.

That’s exactly what happened in Manhattan Beach last night, according to the Daily Breeze.

Thirty-one year old Manhattan Beach resident Amory Borgens was crossing on the 400 block of S. Sepulveda Blvd about 12:20 this morning when she was hit by a speeding car. She was taken to a nearby hospital, where she died.

The 20-year old driver remained at the scene, and was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter.

However, it’s unclear exactly where the collision occurred, since the story places it near Tennyson Street, which would be the 600 block of South Sepulveda.

satellite view shows no crosswalks in a four block stretch of the busy six-lane street between Artesia Blvd and Longfellow Drive. Regardless, a crosswalk is presumed to exist at every intersection not marked by a No Crossing sign, whether or not one has been painted on the street.

Intentionally or not, the article, which was written by the City News Service, indulges in a remarkable degree of victim blaming, stating it was a “crash between Borgens and a speeding 2003 Toyota Corolla,” and “Borgens was in the roadway when she was struck.”

It’s hard to cross any street without being in it. And she didn’t crash into anything, she was run down by a speeding car.

It should also be noted that the legal alcohol allowed for anyone under the age of 21 is zero.

This is the 12th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the fourth in Los Angeles County already this year. And it’s the first bicycling fatality in Manhattan Beach in at least the last five years.

My deepest sympathy and prayers for Amory Borgens and all her loved ones.

12 comments

  1. JD says:

    We offer up our prayers for the family and friends of Ms. Borgens.

  2. Margaret says:

    That two mile section of Sepulveda is deadly. I can count on both hands the number of pedestrians and motorcyclists, who in the last five years have lost their lives to speeding drivers.

    Every day, I walk and cross Sepulveda at Longfellow. Even in a crosswalk with a traffic light, I run the risk of being hit by impatient drivers.

    I made a video at Sepulveda & Longfellow last year.

    My condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Borgens.

  3. XLocalsOnlyXSouthXBayX says:

    Rip

  4. Dave says:

    If she crossed at Longfellow in the crosswalk with a walk signal, it’s all the driver’s fault, as it means he flew through a red light. If she crossed at 30th or Tennyson in the dark, without the benefit of a signal, she made a very poor choice, as even a non-speeding, sober driver could EASILY hit a pedestrian there.

  5. california says:

    Driver not underage, get the facts straight.

    • bikinginla says:

      According to the Daily Breeze, the driver is 20 years old. That makes him under the legal drinking age in California, and every other state in the US. If you have proof he’s over 21, provide it. Or get your own facts straight.

      • california #2 says:

        he doesn’t have to prove it. do some a simple search on the guy and ull find he is 22 years old. check ur own facts before spreading your own lies.

        • bikinginla says:

          Before you accuse anyone of lying, send some damn proof. Otherwise, I’m sticking with what has been published in the press, who got it from the police. If you know better than they do, take it up with them. The minute they publish a retraction, I’ll post it on here.

          And don’t bother responding if you can’t back it up.

  6. jesse says:

    I just heard about this. She was a loving mother and an amazing older sister to her brother vinni. I’m so sorry to hear this happened

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