While people around the world took time this week to pay tribute to
the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, friends of Anne
White and others who never met her remembered a life that came to a
tragic end outside a Burbank radio station.
Candles burned at the foot of a stop sign on the corner of Avon
Street and Warner Boulevard on Thursday morning, where White was
struck and killed by a motorist Sept. 9, 2002. Bouquets of flowers
and notes adorned the signpost in memory of White, who would have
turned 23 on Thursday.
Shortly after 10 p.m. on the night she died, the Burbank resident
was standing near the stop sign talking on a cell phone. She had been
waiting with friends outside KIIS-FM (102.7) radio station hoping to
see pop singer Justin Timberlake, who was inside the station.
Prosecutors allege that Cameron Duty, 23, drove his Ford F-150 in
reverse into the crowd gathered outside the radio station near Avon
Street and Warner Boulevard, pinning White underneath his truck and
dragging her for another block before her body was shaken loose. She
was pronounced dead at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center.
The incident remains in the memory of the residents of the small
neighborhood of apartments and duplexes across the street from the
radio station and Warner Bros. studios.
“For one year, we’ve seen the markings on the street the police
made showing the path he took with her underneath,” said Richard
Garland, a resident of Warner Boulevard who paid his respects at the
makeshift memorial this week.
Some who live near the scene of the crime prefer not talk about
it, but those who gathered around the memorial were willing to share
Debbie Custodio, who lives across the street from where White was
hit, recalled hearing the collision and running outside, where she
saw White’s body.
“When you see something like that, it is just hard to forget,” she
said. “She was just standing there.”
At his preliminary trial in November, Deputy Dist. Atty. Shelly
Torrealba said of Duty, “He knew he had hit her, and kept going.”
Duty was charged with six counts, ranging from murder and gross
vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated to driving while the
privilege was revoked or suspended.
Jury selection for Duty, who is being held on $1-million bail at
North County Correctional Facility in Saugus, is scheduled for