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New Liza Jackson Park bench memorializes hit-and-run victim in Fort Walton Beach

A new bench honoring the memory of a local man killed in a hit-and-run three years ago was dedicated Thursday, November 9, at Liza Jackson Park. To mark the occasion, Joshua’s mother, […]

City of Fort Walton Beach

A new bench honoring the memory of a local man killed in a hit-and-run three years ago was dedicated Thursday, November 9, at Liza Jackson Park.

  • Joshua Kreiser died on Dec. 30, 2020 after being struck by a vehicle on U.S. Highway 98. He would have turned 47 on Thursday.

To mark the occasion, Joshua’s mother, Ida Kreiser, organized a small ceremony to unveil a memorial bench in her son’s honor.

The intimate gathering was attended by City Manager Jeff Peters, Recreation Director Tiffiny Corcoran, officers from the Fort Walton Beach Police Department Traffic Division, Florida Department of Transportation Safety Specialist Andy White and a representative from Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

The Florida DOT recently installed more than 100 streetlights between the Florosa Fire Department and Liza Jackson Park to improve traffic and pedestrian safety along that stretch of road.

Since her son’s death, Ida Kreiser has published a book about her experience and become an advocate for road safety. At Thursday’s event, she thanked the community for helping honor Joshua’s memory.

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