Concert aims to bring closure for Montgomery area family

John Mueller,

A roadside memorial is placed by the families at the location of the crash on County Road 26 west of Montgomery in 2013. Mary Urtuzuastegui and three others perished in the crash. (File photo by Wade Young)

Whether it was the inability to cover the cost or not being able to deal with the matter, there’s something left unattended when Will Urtuzuastegui thinks of his younger sister’s tragic death. Wednesday, he hopes to take steps toward bringing closure to the matter.

Urtuzuastegui’s younger sister, Mary, was killed in a crash a decade ago on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2013. She was one of four who perished in the crash on a curve on County Road 26 (NW Lexington Road) three miles west of Montgomery. Though it is marked, her gravesite has no headstone on it, a void he wants to fill.

“We never had a lot of money growing up,” he said. “I don’t know if that had something to do with it or not.”

Doreen Devoy-Hulgan said the absence of a headstone doesn’t reflect her daughter being forgotten. Family members celebrate Mary’s birthday, May 30th, at the site in the Catholic cemetery each year. She accepts the notion a headstone could be placed there when the time is right.

“It’ll come when the time is right. When it’s time, it’s time,” Devoy-Hulgan said. Will Urtuzuastegui was 14 at the time of the crash, three years older than his younger sister. He’s organized a “Remember September Festival” to raise money to help pay for a...

To see more on this story pick up the September 21, 2023 print edition of the Montgomery Messenger. 


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