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Memorial sign rejected for Richmond mothers who lost sons in car accident


Two mothers in Richmond continue to grieve, on the three-month anniversary of their sons' deaths. Joel Forshaw and Nathaniel Daigle lost their lives after a deadly crash into a tree off Cary Street Road, back in February. Police say speed and alcohol were factors in the accident, which happened near a semi-blind turn.

Their mothers, Tamera Forshaw and Laurie Daigle, wish to pay for a memorial sign along the stretch of road, warning others to drive safely. Richmond city has a program in place to put up such signs, which read "Drive safely, In memory of..."

"You reflect. You see ‘drive safely'… consciously you know something tragic happened here, and you want to prevent it from happening again," said Tamera Forshaw.

However, the sign was rejected by Councilman Jonathan Baliles, who oversees the district. City protocol requires the city council member to give approval. However, Baliles received resistance from neighbors.

Baliles wrote to NBC12 in an email, "(The sign) is an inappropriate marker in a residential neighborhood... The neighbors even offered to plant two memorial rose gardens and pay for them, but the parents seem insistent on the sign." Councilman Baliles added that everyone feels sorrow and grief for the families.

Forshaw says she was told by a liaison for Baliles that neighbors didn't want the sign there.

"They say there's no other signs along the way, and they don't want a sign erected," continued Forshaw.

There are other signs on the stretch of road near the accident site, both for traffic and for annotating historical landmarks.

"We have a blind curve, an extremely busy road… I think the ‘drive safely' sign just sends another message," explained Forshaw.

Forshaw and Daigle say they may agree to a rose garden and a smaller plaque. However, Forshaw says she believes the ‘drive safely' sign is most appropriate. The mothers have begun an online petition to support their efforts.

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