Memorials

In 2015, 4,067 people were killed in large truck crashes in the United States

Izer, Jeff

Jeff And Angie were killed when a Wal-Mart truck driver fell asleep at the wheel of his 80,000 pound big rig and ran completely over the disabled car in the breakdown lane of the Maine Turnpike, killing Jeff (17), Angie (16), Dawn Marie Welding (15) and Katie Leighton (14). Only Linda Tardif (15) survived the crash.

Hodgerson, Karen Jeannette

Cause of crash: A tractor-trailer drifted across the median of a four-lane highway into oncoming traffic, striking the front of Jeannette’s SUV. Her vehicle was crushed between two semis. Jeannette and her husband, Pat, moved to Keystone Heights, FL from Orlando, FL in September 2006. The house they bought on a lake has been their sanctuary. Jeannette had an appreciation and love for the outdoors. She loved to watch and feed the hummingbirds, squirrels, blue jays, cardinals, and any other creature that she encountered. She loved photography and her computer is filled with thousands of pictures of her beloved dog Finley, her cat Oreo, her family, friends, and all those creatures that she admires. Jeannette loved to cook, scrapbook, attend dog shows, make dolls, pick blueberries with neighbors, spend time with her children and family, and relax with her husband. Her heart showed that family is the most important thing in life. The thoughts and prayers of a community of friends have helped us for now, but the road to see her again is a long one.

Harmer, Barney

Barney was a fun loving man as well as a great dad and husband. He served his country in the U.S. Navy for 20 years and after retirement he started driving a truck and moved back to Albuquerque where he grew up. He was always there to help anyone who needed it, in fact that is how he lost his life, trying to help a trucker who rolled his truck. He is a hero to all of his family and he is sorely missed by all who knew him.

Dubuc, Angie

Jeff And Angie were killed when a Wal-Mart truck driver fell asleep at the wheel of his 80,000 pound big rig and ran completely over the disabled car in the breakdown lane of the Maine Turnpike, killing Jeff (17), Angie (16), Dawn Marie Welding (15) and Katie Leighton (14). Only Linda Tardif (15) survived the crash.

Bryant, Mattie Lashay

God and Jesus took Mattie from us on the tragic day of April 11th, 2008.

Mattie had gotten up that morning for school, and like most teenagers she didnt really want to go, but went anyway. Mattie called me that morning from school to tell me she was fine at school and to tell me she loved me. We had went and got her from school at 3:10pm on April 11th, 2008 in Arkansas and we were headed back home when we came upon a solid white big truck. Come to find out now, the driver was test driving the truck to buy it that day, and was messing with the different buttons and gadgets. He wasnt paying attention, traffic suddenly stopped and he swerved into our lane and hit us head on.

Our beautiful daughter was taken instantly in our arms, and our lives have forever changed. It is hard even now a year later to write this to you, reliving the accident and talking about it is something no parent should have to go through. Our hearts go out to every parent who has lost a child. There is no amount of physical or emotional pain greater than losing your own baby. If only that truck driver would have been paying attention that day our baby would still be here enjoying everything in life. Anyone who knew Mattie fell in love with her. Her personality, her laugh, her smile, her faith in God, and her love for animals and people is something everyone who knew her misses so much. Our town here in Arkansas did a big tribute on the day of our accident and a year later did another one. Mattie, was only 15 years old and is still a hero to her family, friends, and the lives she saved due to tissue donation.

Our child loved life, please keep her memory alive, and make sure she will be forever remembered. Also, there needs to be a law passed to keep the truck drivers on their side of the road, and to watch out for oncoming traffic, and the innocent lives in the vehicles around them.

Badger, William

He was a husband, father, brother, friend, and colleague. Though he was 75 years old he was nowhere near done yet. World traveler and life long learner, he was interested in everything, and shared the things he knew and the stories he lived with us all. He was everyone’s handyman, comfort and support; everyone was his friend, and his friends called him Bill. He was killed two days before Christmas, 2004, by a tired trucker who fell asleep at the wheel. Our world has been forever changed by that trucker.