I photographed this tribute site on 5/11/2018 in the Elkhart, Indiana area but in Michigan on M205 at Cassopolis Road. The tribute site was made in honor of a motorcyclist who lost his life there. The Google Maps Street View from September, 2015 did not yet show the tribute site so the accident happened sometime after that date.
Update: I found a news story online that provided details. The man who died was Daimon Leader, 22. According to the article I cited, “Leader was driving on M205 when he was struck by a pick-up truck turning onto Cassopolis Road, Underwood said. The crash happened just north of Elkhart’s Simonton Lake.” My heart goes out to Daimon’s family and friends. Another news story reported that the driver who killed Daimon has been charged.
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.