NOTE: I realized this is not true of all Roadside memorials but…
There were two roadside memorials from recent years that stayed up for a long time in my town. At least one of them, I think both but I’m not certain, all of the people in the car died- driver and passengers. Both crashes definitely had multiple fatalities whether or not all the people died in both crashes.
Both of these were single car accidents on surface streets (one, a residential street), driver crashed into a pole in both cases. Both cars were filled with young twenty-somethings. Both crashes happened very late at night, early a.m. hours. What the fuck kind of single car accident results in the deaths of everybody in the car? Hitting a pole and fucking everybody dies? How fast do you have to be going on a residential street to make that happen?
Both of these were party cars, filled with drunk people, driving ridiculously over the speed limit endangering anyone who might have unfortunately come into contact with them. It’s a damn good thing they only killed themselves. The “Life is so precious, they were taken from us too soon” bullshit that adorned these memorials was completely tone deaf.
And some would say, “Oh, but the passengers, you can’t blame them, maybe they tried to tell the driver pull over that he shouldn’t be driving!” Look, he didn’t get that wasted while he was driving. Anyone who can kill every single one of his passengers without so much as one other vehicle with which to collide, that guy was obviously wasted when they all got into the car together and all the idiot drunk passengers thought it was all fun and games.
I would also hear things like, “Yeah, it was stupid but it’s still sad, they had really young kids and now those kids have no parents!” All the more reason not to mourn these assholes. They had kids and they were still joyriding drunk at 3:00am!? Only makes them out to be even more worthless and despicable in my book. This is what grandparents are for (with parents like these, these kids were probably mostly being raised by their grandparents anyway).
But, no. We have to have wreaths and flowers and cards to observe this sad tragic loss of these wonderful people.
Give me a break.