Family puts up memorial cross to remember Joe Vance



A Mid-Columbia family has put up a memorial cross on a road in West Richland to memorialize a man killed there two years ago.

Joe Vance was riding his motorcycle on Kennedy Road in February 2011, when he was hit by a car going the opposite direction.

Last week, Vance's family installed a memorial cross on the side of the road to remember him.

The man who crashed into Vance was originally charged with vehicular homicide, but the charges were later dropped.

Vance's family hopes this memorial brings some closure.

"I think this is a way for us to kind of try and put closure on a really bad situation. By not only honoring his memory, but letting people know hopefully at the end of the day, it reminds people to pay attention to people on motorcycles. If nothing else, it helps raise awareness" said Travis Vance, Joe Vance's son.

Last February, the family put flowers on the side of the road to honor Joe Vance, but this cross is a more permanent memorial.