Brittni Coffey Memorial Handed Back - - ABC13

Brittni Coffey Memorial Handed Back


Reporter: Sally Delta

Madison Heights, VA - The fight to keep Brittni Coffey's memorial at her accident site came to an end Wednesday. The Hans Hill Homeowners Association gave the family an ultimatum: Pick up the belongings or they will be discarded.

This feud has been going on for months. Coffey died in an accident in Madison Heights in February. Since then, two crosses in her memory have been removed - the first time was on Easter. No one ever admitted to taking it, and it has never been returned. Family put up a second cross a few weeks go, but the association took it down. Wednesday, the association gave the things back to Coffey's family.

Four months afterCoffey died along Route 130 in Madison Heights, her mother and sister sort through memorabilia that friends and family passing by left in her honor.

"It's upsetting. I mean, I pull up and it's all in a box sitting out by the roadside," said Lori Mason, Brittni's mom.

Brittni's mother and sister pass the crash site every day. The memorial was to make driving home a little easier.

"It's for the love of a child, a sister, a sibling. It's the love we have for her that I think is unknown to a lot of people. They just can't understand it," said Mason.

"I'm sorry that it has caused controversy, but that's my baby sister," said Tricia Tyree, Brittni's sister.

Hans Hill sent Lori Mason a letter notifying her that the property is being held.  It reads:

"If the items are not picked up within 10 days, they will be discarded."

The letter is signed by the president of the Hans Hill Homeowners Association.

ABC 13 tried reaching out to the president for an interview, but she had no comment.

"I'm confused and still do not know the reason why they have the feelings they do regarding the memorial for Brittni," said Mason.

Even though the memorial cross is gone, the memory of Brittni will stand strong.

"They can't remove that part of our heart, our soul, our thoughts that are every day of her, they can't take that away, they never will be able to take that away," said Mason.

From our understanding, Hans Hill viewed the cross as a liability.  They didn't want to be held legally responsible if someone stopped there, and was injured or hit by a passing car.

Now, Brittni's family is working to get a state approved sign to go up in place of the memorial, but, of course, it will have to be on public property.

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