This roadside tribute site was made in honor of Aaron P. Hatfield, 17, and Tyler Hartley, 12, of Claypool, and Heather Florey of Mentone, Indiana who died in a crash caused by a drunk driver on June 12, 1999. It serves as a stark reminder of the dangers of drinking and driving.
This one is extremely hard as I know one of the people involved in the accident.
I have a passion for eliminating roadway accidents after having seen so much pain and suffering caused by them around the world. My background is in mechanical engineering where I began my career with Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan working in Body Engineering. I remember the first test crash I watched and how sick my stomach felt when the car crashed into the concrete wall. This memory is forever "cemented" into my mind. As an aircraft pilot I was always focused upon safety procedures, and this way of thinking has made its way into my research into automotive safety. In a desire to end traffic accidents I created this Roadside Tribute site and manage a sister site RoadsideMemorialTributes.com web sites. I also created and manage the Christians for Christ Ministries https://www.christiansforchrist.org web site. My daytime job is to manage and implement the digital marketing programs for User Friendly Consulting, Inc.
Date of the Accident: 06/11/1999
Names of people who died: Aaron P. Hatfield, Tyler Hartley, and Heather Florey