“Exit 53”

Exit 53b Accidental Memorial_

Location: freeway exit median.
Reason for Memorial: single vehicle, single fatality accident.

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“Double Ejection, Double Fatal”

I69 Accidental Memorial #1_

Location: field next to freeway.
Reason for Memorial: 2 occupants of vehicle struck by drunk driver ejected from vehicle and killed.

“James”

I96 West Accidental Memorial _

Location: woods next to freeway.
Reason for Memorial: single vehicle, single fatality accident.

 

“Colorful”

I69 West Accidental Memorial _

Location: ditch next to freeway.
Reason for Memorial: single vehicle, single fatality accident.

“Link”

Pedestrian Bridge Accidental Memorial_-2

Pedestrian Bridge Accidental Memorial_

Pedestrian Bridge Accidental Memorial_-4

Pedestrian Bridge Accidental Memorial_-3

Location of Memorial:  Next to pedestrian walkway

Reason for Memorial:  Homicide , gun shot wounds

“Back Road High Speed Chase”

Bridge Lk. Rd. Accidental Memorial_
Located: Wooded area off of dirt road
Reason for Memorial: Single vehicle, double fatality, loss of control from high rate of speed caused by fleeing from police

“In the Woods”

EDITED Near Butlers House in Grand Blanc_Location: Wooded area near road
Reason for Memorial: Single vehicle, single fatality accident

“Rollover Part 1”

75 and 8 mile Accidental Memorial Edited Picture 1_

Location: Freeway embankment
Reason for Memorial: Single Vehicle, double fatality auto accident

“Sisters”

Edited Howell Accidental Memorial_-2Edited Howell Accidental Memorial_

Location: Side of the road
Reason for Memorial: Single vehicle double fatality (sisters ages 16 and 14)

“Train Crossing 2”

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Location: Railroad crossing signal
Reason for Memorial: Unknown

“Permanent Memorials 2”

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Location: Next to sidewalk against fence of demolished industrial building

Reason for Memorial: Unknown

“Permanent Memorials”

This is one of the more permanent Memorials I have found and looks very similar to the “rest” or “descanso” Memorials found in Mexico and in areas with large Hispanic populations.  

There are two separate Memorials about 3 feet apart,  its unclear whether they are for the same person or two separate people.

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Location: Next to sidewalk against fence of demolished industrial building

Reason for Memorial: Unknown

“Drumstick”

Kennan George AM White Lake_

Location: Ditch next to road
Reason for Memorial: Vehicle crossed the center line and struck a large truck, single fatality.

“South Dakota”

South Dakota Think Signs_

I first became aware and interested in Roadside Memorials when I lived in North Carolina for a few years.  On one particular stretch of highway there were so many of them that they would actually cause more accidents, seemingly the people that put them up had severe cases of “Keeping up with the Jones'” and made them larger and larger which would steal other drivers attention.  It finally reached a point that the State Police asked, begged and threatened people to not place them anymore.  The people who didn’t listen or heed the warnings had the memorials torn down and in several cases severe fines were imposed.

Today I am posting about North Dakota who will put these grim reminders up at the site of fatal accidents the “Think” program started in 1979 is to “provide a memorial to the victim and to also remind motorists of dangerous behaviors such as driving under the influence, not wearing seat belts, speeding, and distracted driving.”  The interesting fact is the state will put the signs up as soon as its notified of a traffic fatality and the family must request to have the signs removed.