One Year after Deadly Crash, Manteca Family Honors Son

MANTECA -- Losing a child is something no parent should ever have to go through.

"I've lost other family members, but it's just not the same," Barry Smith said.

Barry and Cindy Smith lost their youngest son, Sean, exactly one year ago.

The 26-year-old was riding his motorcycle on Louise Avenue, when a truck hit him while pulling out of one parking lot to enter another across the street.

Manteca Police say no one was at fault. It was just a terrible accident between two people.

"We've been going to grief counseling but it's hard. it's hard to face the day," Cindy Smith, Sean's mother, told FOX40.

On the one year anniversary of his death Wednesday, friends helped the Smiths put up thousands of green ribbons all around Manteca -- a color very special to Sean.

"Sean Patrick Smith was his name. It's a very Irish name. He was born on St. Patrick's Day, so we're doing green," Cindy said.

This March, friends and family celebrated Smith's birthday at Woodward Park. With the city's approval, the family installed a special plaque in his honor.

As much as this is for Sean, it's also for themselves. It helps them grieve.

"Keep myself busy because it's hard to get through this. He's not going to be forgotten and when they see these ribbons, they're going to say, 'Hey, I remember Sean,'" Cindy said.

Now, the Smith family is starting to work with the city to build a center divide on Louise Avenue, to prevent similar accidents.