“I’ve actually started to take a different route so I don’t have to go by it,” he said. “It’s not worth it at this point.”
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For the last several months in Mississauga, Ontario, someone has been repeatedly vandalising a roadside memorial
at the Glen Erin Drive overpass. The memorial is maintained by the father of Thomas Jasinski
, who died in a car crash at that location in 2009. After an extended investigation, the vandal in question has been found, and in today's Toronto Star
he has stepped forward to give his side of the story
The vandal is a man named Dave Worgan, who found the memorial to be a painful reminder of the death of Jason McMullen, who was killed in a crash in Hamilton in 2000.
Quote from the Star
Ten years earlier, when McMullen was just 12, he moved into the basement of the Mississauga home Worgan shared with three friends. The boy’s mother had left him, leaving the three men in their mid-30s with the kid.
“We took him under our wing and decided we’d help him along,” said Worgan.
After McMullen’s death, Worgan and his friends went to the crash scene to build a memorial of their own.
They were approached by a man who lived in a house beside the crash site, who recalls cleaning up bits of skull from his front lawn after the accident.
The man, who asked not to be named, told them roadside memorials were unnecessary reminders of grief that have no place in front of someone’s home.
Worgan carried that sentiment away with him, but insists he’s never tampered with any memorial aside from Thomas Jasinski’s. It’s the proximity to his Mississauga home he can’t stomach.
“They really have claimed this as their own property,” he says. “I think it’s insensitive and ignorant towards other people’s feelings.”
Roadside memorials (previously discussed
on the Blue) have been a common fixture
in many North American cities for years. There have been articles
debating the value and safety of these memorials, and incidents such as in Oregon in 2011 where a mother was ordered in to take down the memorial to a son who died in a skateboarding accident
. Worgan's confession, if nothing else, adds another dimension to the debate: “People don’t realize that they’re hurting other people and affecting other lives … What gives them the right to do it?”