Laurie Walter-Rankins

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My name is Laurie Walter-Rankins.

My mom is the one who told me about findagrave in 2006. She was killed shortly after we talked about this new web site she came across.

I started this page for my mom Dorothy Anne Arthur-Walter. She was killed by street racers in Bakersfield, California on March 5, 2006.

Dorothy Anne "Arthur" Walter was loving, outwardly kind, and a dear friend to everyone she knew. She enjoyed sports such as swimming and tennis, winning The Kern County Women's Tennis Championship in 1957, and setting the U.S. record in swimming the medley relay with her two sisters Beverly and Betty. Dorothy swam backstroke. She was past president of the North Bakersfield Business and Professional Women's Organization. One of Dorothy's passions, researching genealogy, revealed that she was a direct descendant of Lord Baltimore. She loved to find out as much information as she could about family history and lineage. She enjoyed helping others. Using her skills as a genealogist, she reunited people with friends from their past as well as researching the history of their families. We will miss her infectious laugh and terrific sense of humor. Not a day will go by that we won't be thinking of her and all she has done for us in her lifetime. We love you and will miss you forever.

It's hard to put in to words the senseless killing of my mom.

I am here to be a voice for my mom and best friend "Dorothy Anne Arthur-Walter".

This was No Accident, it was 100 percent avoidable.
The Ventura California man who killed my mom was Street Racing.
This is not the 1st. Time, or 2nd or even the 3rd, but the 4th time he was caught Excessive Speeding. This time he was going over 100 miles an hour on a city street at night with his headlights turned off. Daniel Espinoza was street racing two other cars when he killed; Dorothy Anne Walter. He knew exactly what he was doing breaking the law and he didn't care.
This time his Car became his weapon, a 3,500 pound weapon; he used his car to Kill Dorothy Anne Walter.
Daniel Kevin Espinoza the street racer who killed Dorothy Anne Walter; never showed any remorse for taking her Life. He has never taken any responsibility for his crime nor was he held accountable by law.

My mom, "Dorothy Anne Walter" was a wonderful person she enjoyed life, family and friends she was my best friend and I am lost without her. There hasn't been a minute of the day or night that I haven't been thinking about her, and how much we are all missing out on without her. My mom will never see any of her ten grandchildren get married; she will never hold a first great grandchild. Her life was taken from her and she was taken from us. Dorothy Anne Walter a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and best friend, gone forever.

Make a difference
Report Street Racing!
If just one person had called 911 that night, they could have saved the Life of Dorothy Anne Walter.

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