Memorial’s gone; case lingers on – Hasso Hering


A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Memorial’s gone; case lingers on

Written June 18th, 2015 by Hasso Hering
The scene of the fatal crash now looks as though nothing had happened there.

The scene where a bicyclist lost his life now looks again as though nothing had happened there.

The “ghost bike” is gone from the spot where Albany bicyclist Grant Keith Garner was killed four months ago, and so are the other parts of the roadside memorial that showed up a few days after his death. I noticed them missing on my ride Thursday afternoon. When I inquired, I learned that the Linn County Road Department had taken the memorial assembly away that morning.

Road Department Operations Supervisor Wayne Mink told me that first he had called Garner’s widow and learned that while she appreciated and was grateful for the memorial in her husband’s name, it had not been set up by the family. The county removed it because the collection of items around the white-painted mountain bike had faded and the stuffed animals were beginning to come apart. Also, the bike was attached to the guardrail, theoretically interfering with the rail’s function.

If there had been a tree behind the rail, Mink says the county would have moved the memorial there. Instead, the crew took the bike and other items back to the Road Department yard, and it’s available there if whoever set up the memorial wants it back.

Mink told me Linn County does not have a time limit on roadside memorials and his department is respectful of what they represent, but because of the condition this one was in, it was time to clean it up.

Garner, 60, was killed when he was hit by a car whose driver lost control coming through the right-hand curve where Oakville Road becomes Queen Avenue on the west side of Albany. It happened about 5:45 p.m. on Feb.17, 2015, when Garner was riding home after work. The Lane County district attorney — as a family friend, Linn’s recused himself to avoid the appearance of partiality —  has been reviewing the circumstances of the crash to see whether charges against the driver, 24-year-old Thanh Xuan Nguyen of Corvallis, should be filed. No word yet on the results of that review. (hh)

Comments are closed.


HH Today: A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley
Albany Albany Carousel Albany City Council Albany council Albany downtown Albany Fire Department Albany housing Albany parks Albany Planning Commission Albany police Albany Post Office Albany Public Works Albany riverfront Albany Station Albany streets Albany traffic Albany urban renewal Andy Olson Benton County Benton County parks bicycling Bowman Park Bryant Park Calapooia River CARA City of Albany climate change coronavirus Cox Creek path Crocker Lane cumberland church cycling Dave Clark Path Daylight saving time downtown Albany Edgewater Village global warming gun control Highway 20 Interstate 5 Kitzhaber Linn County marijuana medical marijuana Millersburg Monteith Historic District North Albany Road North Albany Village Obama ODOT OreGo Oregon coast Oregon legislature Oregon passenger rail Pacific Power Portland & Western Republic Services Riverside Drive Santiam Canal Talking Water Gardens Tom Cordier Union Pacific urban renewal Water Avenue Willamette River

Copyright 2020. All Rights Reserved. Hasso Hering.
Website Serviced by Santiam Communications
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!