While walking the dog around the parking area of the Danbury Fair Mall in Danbury, CT while my wife was shopping I noticed what appears to be a memorial. It consists of a couple of skate boards, one of which is broken. The broken one bears a series of inscriptions mostly along the lines of ‘Rest in Peace’. Below the skate boards is a string of white beads/pearls and at the base of the tree (not seen in the picture) a bunch of artificial flowers.

I wondered what the story behind this was. Was someone skateboarding, lost control and hit the tree? Or perhaps more likely was hit by a car? I was about to write that I would never know, but then decided to look a bit further. I discovered that someone was indeed killed in a car accident at the Danbury Fair Mall in May 2013. Although he wasn’t skateboarding at the time, he was an avid skateboarder.

According to Danbury News Times:

DANBURY — A passenger killed Saturday in a single-car accident at Danbury Fair mall was remembered by friends and family members as an avid skateboarder and gamer who was quick to make others laugh.

Authorities said that Davon Lasane, 21, died at Danbury Hospital, where he was taken after being pulled from the twisted wreckage of a car driven by an 18-year-old who was also taken to the hospital, police said.

The driver was later released from the hospital.

Ursula Mead, Lasane’s grandmother, said in a phone interview Monday that Lasane “and his friends did a lot of skating. And they’d go to New York City. They loved skating there. And they hung out at the Harambee Center a lot.”

The 1995 Honda Civic was traveling down Ring Road “at a high rate of speed” about 2:20 p.m. when the driver inexplicably lost control, police said.

According to a preliminary investigation, the vehicle jumped a curb and flipped over. Lasane was thrown from the vehicle…

Taken with a Vivitar 35ES.

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