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Mother angered by removal of roadside memorial

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By: Megan Palera

A Lincoln mom is determined to keep her daughter's memorial alive, even if it's not welcome.

For nearly two years, the memorial decorated the place where Laurie Mothershed's daughter was killed. Now, it sits tucked away in a dusty shed - messages and final goodbyes that were abruptly removed from its resting spot.

"Everyday I go drive by and say I love you baby girl and smile," Mothershed said.

Cayliss Mothershed was killed in a car accident Nov. 14, 2011 on South Folsom Road under the Highway 77 bridge. She overcorrected as her front tire left the roadway and crashed into a pillar. The 17-year-old died on impact.

Since then, family and friends have decorated and re-decorated the spot. Until 2 weeks ago when the Department of Roads removed the memorial.

"I put it down there not as a reminder of where she died, but more of like her life. So with nothing there, it's heartbreaking," Mothershed said.

The Department says it's illegal to have a sign without a permit on a right of way, and that memorials of that size could create a safety hazard. Mothershed says her daughter's memorial is no more distracting than the apartment signs down the street or any of the other roadside memorials in Lincoln.

Illegal or not, Mothershed plans to put it back up.

"If worse comes to worse, he says I may have to put something up and they take it down. May put something back up and take it down. I guess if that's what it takes, that's what I'll do," she said.

The Department of Roads says it feels for Mothershed and other families in this situation and it hopes it can work with them to find other ways to remember loved ones.

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