for the Memories
Road: Lamont Hwy (CA State Hwy 184), West side of road, 1 ¾ miles east of Lamont
Location: Lamont, California
Victim: Juanito Hernandez
Date of Accident: ?
Inscription: “Memore, Juanito Hernandez”
Description: This one is unusual because it is actually a double cross. The first cross is made of out of a blue metal pole, and it has the message written in stickers. A smaller metal cross is in front of the blue cross. Fake flowers and a wicker wreath drape this cross. A white vase with flowers sits in front. This is a real low-end road memorial.
Analysis: Okay, I don't want to sound like an asshole, but in the Central Valley of California, you find lots of these crosses. They are poorly constructed, use a hodge-podge of materials, have tributes written in Spanish , and and are adorned with lots of Virgin Mary or Catholic Saint candles (this one is literally 100 ' from the very similar white cross of Jesus Espinosa). Jumping to a stereotypical conclusion, I have found that many a migrant farm worker have met their fate on the lonely roads of the San Joaquin. This guy probably had one too many Budweisers on a lazy Sunday afternoon, and ended up slamming head first into one of the many big rigs that frequent this highway. Prove me wrong, people. Prove me wrong!
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