Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A memorial on a rural lane


On a small rural lane in Anthony, you'll find this memorial to five young men, ages 18-20, who were killed in a car crash in January 2008.

One of them borrowed his father's 2008 BMW. At about 3:45 am, they drove down the runway adjacent to Jumbolair Estates, the home of John Travolta, at speeds approaching 200 miles per hour. At the end of the runway is an 85 foot embankment. The car soared into the air and crashed into a tree. All five were killed.

28 comments:

Halcyon said...

That is really sad. But people (young and old) should really have better sense than to drive a car at 200mph!!

Memphis MOJO said...

So senseless and so unnecessary. I hope the memorial makes others think twice.

Don and Krise said...

And left behind a number of grieving friends and family. How very sad. If these signs save one life it will be a good thing.
Touching post Jacob.

melanie said...

C'est une triste histoire, hélas trop fréquente.

Olivier said...

triste mémorial ;o((

Vogon Poet said...

This is a sad but effective memorial, they ought to be mandatory in these types of crash.
Not uncommon even here, once and then on the national news we hear of fact like this: four, five lifes wasted in a terrible car crash, no survivors and sometimes other people injured or killed.

Sean said...

Pretty sad, but you are invincible at that age!

Small City Scenes said...

Oh my!!! That really is a tragedy. MB

Cezar and Léia said...

oh so sorry...Different memorial!
Léia

Antjas said...

It's sad to think what these boys may have become as grown men. We do so many foolish things when we're young. Unfortunately, there are far too many of these memorials and often for the same reason.

Hilda said...

:'(
Whatever were they thinking of??
I hope these five very sad signs help save others from untimely and useless deaths.

Dan J. said...

I think this is a great, albeit sad picture. I am a fan of real life photography.... of work that isn't always happy or pleasing to see. The work that makes us think or brings ALL types of emotions, good and bad, is important. I find that some of my favorite photos are those that show the grittier part of life.

Well done.

magiceye said...

poignantly beautiful

Lois said...

A sad reminder of what can happen when you think you are invincible. What a shame!

Daryl said...

But does it stop drunk or speeding drivers?

Your EG Tour Guide said...

What a waste. Unfortunately, we have memorials here that look very similar.

Jarart said...

So sad, we have some memorials along out roads here and sad to say, I've seen them all over the country.

Denise and Tim Higgins said...

Omgosh I remember this. It was such a sad time for everyone who knew them. That looks like a very nice memorial though. :)

Jacob said...

@ Daryl - Unfortunately, I really doubt it has any impact at all - the general attitude being, "It will never happen to me!"

jusdealem said...

What a powerful photo and a very sad story. Such a loss. You're right about the feeling of "It will never happen to me!" Too many teens have that attitude.

cieldequimper said...

It's sad how young people think they are immortal.

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

A powerful memorial! However, I doubt this will have any impact on young people. Most of them won't give it a second thought. So sad! Thanks for this thought-provoking post and picture!

Photo Cache said...

how sad but that memorial will be a reminder for others to slow it down.

Steffe said...

Sad to see. I live only meters away from a road where a few young men on motorcycles die every summer.

BeachILike said...

sad to see, they are too young to leave this beautiful world.

jusdealem said...

I just noticed that one of the memorials is different from the others...Most say "In Loving Memory Of" with their birth and death dates. The one for Joshua, the driver, only says "In Memory"...I wonder if that was done intentionally out of anger? Or just an oversite? Intersting...

Jacob said...

@ jusdealem - Excellent eye! Yes, I had noticed that, also. I really don't know why. However, there is still a lot of anger and blame going around and so far as I know some lawsuits have been filed. I haven't kept up on the case so I don't know all the details, but I would guess there is a specific reason why Joshua's sign reads as it does.

Lee Spangler said...

It is a tragedy for the living.

"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again." — Henri Cartier-Bresson