Oak Lawn Committee seeking donations to help repair Legacy of Love Monument

Posted on 16 Dec 2009 at 4:17pm
Oak Lawn Committee President Michael Milliken, right, and activist Jesse Garcia survey damage to the monument a few hours after the Nov. 13 wreck.
Oak Lawn Committee President Michael Milliken, right, and activist Jesse Garcia survey damage to the monument a few hours after the Nov. 13 wreck.

Donations are being sought to cover the cost of repairing the Legacy of Love Monument, which was heavily damaged last month when a motorist plowed through the structure at Cedar Springs Road and Oak Lawn Avenue.

Representatives from the Oak Lawn Committee, which built and maintains the monument, were hoping Dallas police would identify the motorist, who abandoned his vehicle and fled the scene on foot.

But that has not happened, so the committee is filing a claim with its own insurance company to cover the estimated $5,000 in damage.

“We’re going to just turn it over to our insurance company and let them fight it out and try to go after the driver of the car, who may or may not be the owner of the car,” said Michael Milliken, president of the Oak Lawn Committee.

“Unfortunately when we file a claim with our insurance company, that means we have to cover the $2,500 deductible. So we’ll be looking for donations to help us pay for the $2,500 deductible. We figure it’s going to cost us $5,000 to put it back the way it was.”

Sr. Cpl. Janice Crowther, a spokesman for the Dallas Police Department, said recently that police had contacted the owner of the vehicle that was abandoned at the monument. But Crowther said the owner told police he wasn’t driving the car at the time of the accident. Crowther said police were attempting to locate a friend whom the owner said was driving the car.

To make a tax-deductible contribution to the Oak Lawn Committee’s monument fund through the nonprofit Communities Foundation of Texas,  go here.

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