Family and friends gathered on Saturday, March 23, 2018, for a ceremony to unveil a State Memorial Sign in honor of two Clarksville friends killed in a crash on October 23, 2016. Joshua Guillen Lopez had just turned 18 on October 21. He had enlisted in the Navy and was scheduled to start February 22, 2017. His friend, Samia Lucas, also 18, was a student at Austin Peay University. She wanted to be an Occupational Therapist. They were out celebrating his birthday when they were hit be a repeat offender who ran a red light at the intersection of 101st Parkway and Trenton Road.
Joshua’s mom, Carmen Lopez, and Samia’s mom, Sherita Bussey, planned a beautiful ceremony at the Church of Christ at Trenton Crossing to commemorate the installation of the actual sign which would be placed just down the street near the crash location. The sign, made possible by the Tyler Head Law through a State Program managed by the Tennessee Department of Transportation, reads “Impaired Driving Costs Innocent Lives: In Memory of Joshua A. Guillen Lopez, Samia Ti’Ana Lucas.” It is intended to honor the lives of Joshua and Samia and to serve as a reminder of the dangers of impaired driving in hopes that it will help others remember to never drink and drive.
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