The family of Meghann Smith are once again having to replace a memorial marker after someone ran it down over the weekend.
Sometime between Friday night and Monday afternoon, a memorial site with a cross and the 18-year-old’s photo stood beside Hwy 105 at Sapp Road. The location was near where Meghann was struck and killed as she stood on the side of the road while her boyfriend changed a tire on October 26, 2008.
But when Meghann’s parents, Paul “Smitty” and Margaret Smith, came by the memorial Monday tire tracks ran each side of where the cross stood. The cross once again destroyed as was an angel that was on it.
One thing different about this it was destroyed was there was yellow paint left behind on the cross. Conroe Police also responded to the scene Monday to take a report. Conroe Officer Cunningham, who responded for the report spent extra time recovering the pieces of the broken angel.
Meghann was the inspiration for DWI Tracker, which was started by her parents and is a non-profit volunteer organization that works with law enforcement by maintaining a visible presence around areas where people may be drinking and driving. Trackers not only serve as a deterrent by using marked vehicles, they provide extra eyes for law enforcement who are stretched thin throughout the county, especially on holidays.
The motivation for this act is unknown, since other memorial sites have been destroyed. However, Meghann Smith’s name and memorial has been very visible and a lot of people have been unhappy with DWI Tracker for increasing their odds of being caught driving while intoxicated or otherwise impaired.
Margaret Smith spoke at the Caney Creek Shattered Lives Program last week which was aimed at teaching students to make responsible decisions.
In November 0f 2012 the memorial was destroyed by vandals the cross broken and left in pieces on the ground and Meghann’s photo and the lights that made it visible at night were stolen.
Anyone with information on who may have been driving a yellow vehicle with front end damage is asked to call the Conroe Police Department.