Garcia family adopts highway to honor daughter

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The Garcia family adopts a section of state Highway 371 to honor their daughter Mariah, who was killed in an accident in 2018. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo
Anna Garcia and her husband Mario adopted a section of state Route 371 to memorialize their daughter Mariah, who died in a traffic accident in 2018. The journey has been long and heart-wrenching for the Anza family, but they said the sign is helping to bring peace to the family. “I started the process beginning December 2020,” Garcia said. “I believe the sign went up Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021.” The sign “In Memory of Mariah Garcia” is located on both sides of the highway – one facing southbound and one facing northbound – right before the Route 79 South/Route 371 junction. “Kim Szymanski was a great influence,” Anna Garcia said. “She adopted a part of the highway in memory of her son Jacob.”
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