by Dave Preston
A roadside memorial for two young people killed Thursday night has grown by far more than the usual bouquets of flowers.
Friends of Mike Baxter, 20, and Delanie Smith, 17, worked over the weekend to remember their friends in a big way.
The two were killed when Baxter’s 4×4 pickup truck swerved and rolled over on a gravel section of Princeton Avenue. A 16-year-old female passenger remains in hospital, while a 19-year-old Peachland male passenger has been released from hospital.
A collection of flower bouquets and photos that began Friday morning has grown substantially. A cross bearing the names of Smith and Baxter has been added, as has a sizable amount of graffiti on a rock wall above the collection of flowers. The graffiti contains the initials of the deceased, as well as initials of, and messages from, friends.
Above it all, on a large tree overlooking the memorial and the accident scene, friends have attached a snowboard and, above it, an entire dirt bike. The tree is about 50 or 60 feet above the roadway below.
According to messages on Facebook, Baxter had a love of dirt biking and snowboarding.