A man who lost two loved ones in a crash along Interstate 30 in Grand Prairie said the cross he placed along the side in their honor may soon have to come down.
Kurt Smith planted the two-foot-tall wooden cross near the exit for North Belt Line Road in honor and memory of his son, Joshwa, and his wife, Shay, who died after a crash there in 2013.
“A drunk driver came up and just literally plowed through the back of their car,” said Smith.
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Smith said the cross reminds him of the son he lost.
“I come by every morning, five days a week, and I talk to the both of them,” said Smith. “Sometimes it's a good laugh. Sometimes it's a good cry.”
But now the cross might have to come down. The Texas Department of Transportation is looking into whether the cross is a distraction to drivers after receiving a complaint this week.
“Now they want to pull something that I cherish and that my family cherishes,” said Smith. “It’s not right.”
The cross has been in that location for a year now, and TxDOT said this was the first time it has received a complaint about it.
“I mean, there are crosses everywhere,” said Smith. “But why me all of a sudden?”