The legendary Danish boxer and photographer Otto Jensen was hit and killed by a vehicle that was driven by a 91-year-old woman in Burbank on Wednesday morning.
Authorities received reports of the accident at about 8:17 a.m. at the intersection of Olive Avenue and Griffith Park Drive on Wednesday.
According to Burbank police officials, Jensen was crossing the street in a part of the road that does not have a crosswalk, but is legal for pedestrians to cross on foot at any time. He had the right-of-way.
When paramedics arrived at the scene of the collision, they found Jensen severely injured and lying in the roadway.
The Fire Department of Burbank began to use life-saving measures in an attempt to revive him, such as CPR and binding the severe head wounds that he sustained. He was later transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center.
Once he arrived in the emergency room, hospital staff tried again to use life-saving techniques to keep him alive, but they were ultimately futile and he was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The driver was identified by authorities as 91-year-old Mary Beaumont, also a resident of the city of Burbank and member of the library’s board of trustees.
She cooperated with authorities and stayed at the scene of the accident for the duration of the incident. She was uninjured in the crash and spoke candidly with investigators about her involvement.
Jensen, originally from Denmark, was born March 6, 1911 and moved to California early in the 1950s to pursue his dual careers as a photographer and pro-boxer. He started by opening a photography studio on Olive Avenue in 1952, which he was still running at the time of his death.
His long career spanned for more than 50 years and he became well-known as one of the leading photographers of many celebrities and boxing stars.
In recent years, he was interviewed by the TV series “Voices,” where he said the key to his long life was smoking cigars and taking it easy.
He also got to meet his idol, Manny Pacquiao, in 2011 and Pacquiao called him by the boxing name that he had used in his early years, Otto “BoneCrusher” Jensen.
He is survived by his family and friends. Funeral services will be held later and the city of Burbank will likely hold a memorial in his memory and to honor the work that he did for the community.
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