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

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.

—  John Wright

UPDATE: Motorist who damaged Legacy of Love Monument fled scene on foot

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Turns out I misread slightly a police report over the weekend about the incident early Friday that damaged the Legacy of Love Monument at Oak Lawn Avenue and Cedar Springs Road. Sr. Cpl. Janice Crowther, a spokeswoman for the Dallas Police Department, clarified today that the suspect who ran into the monument fled the scene on foot, not in their vehicle. Crowther said when police responded to a call about the incident, the vehicle was still there, but the suspect was gone. The vehicle, a 1999 Lincoln, was towed to the city pound.

“We’re looking for the owner or the suspect,” Crowther said. “We don’t know if the owner is the suspect.”

Crowther said anyone who witnessed the incident or has additional information should call DPD’s vehicle crimes division at 214-670-5816.

Michael Milliken, president of the Oak Lawn Committee, said today that 10 volunteers from the committee and from Stonewall Democrats of Dallas helped clean up debris from around the monument on Saturday morning. Milliken said he’s still awaiting an estimate on how much the repairs will cost. He said the Oak Lawn Committee has insurance on the monument, but would prefer to have the person who damaged the monument pay for the repairs so the committee’s premiums don’t go up. To contribute to a fund set up to pay for maintenance of the monument, go here.

—  John Wright