RICHMOND (WRIC) – After two young men died in a car crash off Cary Street earlier this year, two parents started a quest to put up a road side memorial with an important message.
Nathaniel Daigle and Joel Forshaw had been friends since high school.
On the night of February 9, they were driving along Cary Street. The car crashed hitting a wall and a tree and they both died.
One of their mothers wanted to put up an official road side
Police say speed was a factor and since that night, Forshaw's parents have been on a mission to put up a sign reminding people to drive safely, but the neighborhood association shot it down.
Not only would it be a memorial for her son and his friend, it would also warn anyone driving in the area.
But Forshaw says the Hillcrest Civic Association said no.
"They don't want to approve it because they are saying that's not appropriate in a residential neighborhood, which I don't get," says Tamera Forshaw. "I would think that would be where it's most appropriate, but I mean there's schools, there is churches. It's a very busy road."
Council member Jonathan Baliles represents the neighborhood near Cary Street and Wilson Road. In an email he said:
"Everyone agrees it's a tragedy what happened; however the requested sign is not appropriate for a residential neighborhood and I have talked to and consulted with neighbors and the neighborhood association which support that position."
But the Forshaws are hoping there might be a change of heart.
"It's been a lengthy ordeal and we are not planning on stopping anytime soon."
There are similar road signs just like this one around the state and they are usually approved for two years initially with the option for extensions.
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