Grieving family distraught over mysterious disappearance of roadside crosses

FORESTHILL, CA - The family of a woman killed in a head-on crash on Foresthill Road is wondering why anyone would remove roadside crosses erected in her memory.

"It's senseless," Melissa Magorian, the daughter of crash victim Karen Magorian, said. Karen Magorian died Feb. 1 while returning to her home in Foresthill after taking her 10-year-old granddaughter to breakfast in Auburn.

The granddaughter was riding in the back seat and was not seriously injured. The 35-year-old driver of the pickup truck that crossed the center line was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Melissa said the first cross was removed on the night of her mother's memorial service the weekend after the crash. The cross was thrown in a pile of brush about 100 feet away and the flowers were trampled. A second cross made by Karen's granddaughter was tossed aside the same night.

It happened again on Valentine's Day, then a third time Sunday night.

Each time, Karen's husband Duane replaced the crosses. He has built seven spares.

"We don't know why or who is taking them down," Duane said. "But I would like to ask the community, or whoever is doing it, if they could please stop."

Melissa verified the crosses were not removed by county authorities, and pointed out other memorial crosses on Foresthill Road have been left undisturbed.

"My entire family would just like to grieve in peace," she said.


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