ASHEVILLE, NC (WLOS) — A display in Pack Square Park aims to bring awareness to the lives lost on North Carolina roads last year.
It’s all part of World Remembrance Day, hosted by NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program. The day honors those whose lives have been forever changed by traffic violence and remembers those who have died.
North Carolina’s event is typically held in Raleigh. However, this year, Mission Health Trauma Program and NC Vision Zero partnered to bring the event to Asheville.
NC Vision Zero put 1,400 pairs of shoes on display at Packs Square, representing the 1,442 lives lost in 2018 to traffic fatalities.
“We started off putting the shoes down and, for some of us, it was putting down the baby shoes that we put down that made us cry,” Tracey Gates, injury prevention and outreach coordinator for the Trauma Program at Mission Hospital, said. “So, we started off the day with tears.”
An Asheville woman, known by many in the community, was also remembered at Sunday’s event. Rachel Silver, 25, was killed in 2018 on her way to Charleston after a semi-truck hit her from behind. Silver’s family later learned the driver was distracted.
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