Makeshift Memorial Moved For Lexington Teen Killed In Crash

A makeshift memorial for a Lexington teenager killed in a terrible accident has been removed.

14 -year old Larry Chowning III died one week ago Monday night, when the car he was driving went off Bryan Station road and hit several fences.

Police say speed was a factor.

Chowning's family and friends had placed signs and other items at the crash site.

Some people who live nearby were concerned people stopping along Bryan Station to see the memorial would cause another accident.


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  • by SOMNEONE on Sep 27, 2007 at 10:30 AM
    REALLY.. i THiNK WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO KEEP THE MEMORIAL UP. iTS THERE TO REMiND US OF A FRiEND THAT WE LOST. AND i DiDNT KNOW LARS0NS M0M OR DAD BUT i WAS AROUND AND HIS MOM DiD USUALLY KNOW WHERE HE WAS AT. SO UNTiL YOU KNOW HiS PARENTS AND EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED THE NiGHT WE LOST OUR FRIEND I SUGGEST THAT YOU NOT SAY ANYTHiNG ABOUT HIS PARENTS. BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT GOING TO TELL ME THAT YOU KNOW YOUR CHILDS EVERYSTEP. YOUR NOT GOiNG TO TELL ME THAT ANY TEENAGER IS GOING TO SAY BYE MOM IM GOING TO DRIVE A CAR AT 100MPH AND OH YEA THE BOY IM LEAVING WITH DONT HAVE A VALID LICENSE.. RIGHT.. SO THATS ALL I HAVE TO SAY.
  • by Ashley Location: Lexington on Aug 8, 2007 at 06:13 PM
    Who are you to question their parenting skills? I'm sure your 14 year old goes out with his friends. That is what was going on. They told their parents that they were going out, Teresa and Larry never knew Larry would be driving and would have kept him home if they did know. They are great parents, and to question that is unthinkable. About the memorial, we placed it their to remind people what happens when you speed, and to remember a wonderful person who is gone forever. Think before you speak.
  • by a parent Location: ky on Aug 8, 2007 at 01:33 PM
    if my 14 year old was killed in this terrible way i would not need to have a marker of any sort to remind me where it happened .it would be burned im my memory forever .as i am sure it is for this family .they were only trying to honor him .,but yes i feel like his where abouts should have been known to his parents in the first place ,this should have never happened and it very well could have been prevented by better parenting .i dont mean that to be cruel but sometimes the truth hurts ,and i am sure the pain is worse grieving over the death of your child than hearing your parenting skills be in question dont you think ?
  • by Jeff Location: Lexington on Aug 7, 2007 at 10:36 AM
    Chris, you are 100 percent correct. If my child died in an accident on a highway or any other place, especially the way this youngster died, I WOULD NOT want a plaque, teddy bears or anything to remind me of it. Going to the cemetary would be hard enough which by the way; everybody says we should pay our respects to the dead. I think was should be pay respect to people while they are alive. For me, going to a cemetary to pay my respects is useless. I'm not a cold hearted person (others will say differently) but standing over a grave doesn't help you get over it, just like a makeshift memorial won't either. It just makes you remember what happened. But like "Justice" said, if it's for a reason to show others what happened and be a warning, then I'm all for it.
  • by Anonymous Location: LETCHER on Aug 7, 2007 at 09:03 AM
    I THINK YOU ALL ARE MISSING THE POINT HERE, WHO IS BEING HELD RESPOSIBLE FOR A 14 YEAR OLD DRIVING A VEHICLE IN THE FIRST PLACE. IT WAS A HORRIBLE ACCIDENT AND MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE FAMILY, BUT EVEN AT 14 KIDS NEED SUPERVISION. SO WHO WAS LOOKING AFTER THIS CHILD??
  • by Justice Location: Lexington on Aug 7, 2007 at 07:29 AM
    If the marker said "An underage driver died at this spot doing something extremely stupid; don't let it happen to you" would you say it was okay? Sometimes you have to be honest; memorials are one thing, but letting people know the truth is another. I'm not unsympathetic but people need to know exactly what happened if you are going to mark the spot of an "accident"
  • by Trish Location: Corbin on Aug 7, 2007 at 06:58 AM
    Ditto....
  • by Amanda Location: Winchester on Aug 7, 2007 at 06:41 AM
    I am replying back to the comment that Chris made. I think that was a very cold thing to say. Some people need a way to grieve and that is their way of doing it. When I am driving down the road and see a memorial like that, it makes me sad, but I just say an prayer for that family.
  • by gail Location: winchester on Aug 7, 2007 at 06:41 AM
    I have to agree to put up the marker only adds to the terrible loss in my book. Why would you want to be reminded day in and day out that a child or your child was killed at a certain place or time for that fact. It would be something your already not ever going to forget to place something there to remind you and everyone else is just actually horrible. It is not a good thing to remember that person for the last thing that happened to them. You should be remembering the good times that you had with the person... I also agree that these memorials causes more issues of getting others hurt because someone has stopped to view what is there and about the memorial for the flight that went down. I agree Chris I don't want to see that when I am getting on a plane. It actually would make me think twice about going to that airport. I would be thinking could I be next. That is NOT something you want to THINK about when getting on a plane, to see the memorial will only heighten the scarey feeling.
  • by Lisa Location: Richmond on Aug 7, 2007 at 06:01 AM
    I think Chris is cold hearted. Its only been a week. Let his family mourn. You must be one of the lucky ones and haven't had to face such tragic circumstances.
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