To honor the memory of Cameron (Cam Bob) Loren, a 25-year-old who was killed by a hit-and-driver on Voltaire Street while skateboarding in Ocean Beach, a local artist is working on a creative project to help make roads safer in the beach communities.
Earlier this month, Krystal Dyer received a Facebook message through the Social Ocean Beach page from a friend who asked if Dyer would be interested in painting a skateboard deck to read “Share The Road,” which would be installed as an awareness sign near the spot of the fatal incident. “Neither my friend nor I had the pleasure of knowing Cameron, but we both skateboard and what happened to Cameron is a real fear for any skateboarder,” Dyer said.
“I met up with my friend to retrieve the skateboard deck that I was going to paint and they mentioned they wanted to get more decks and asked if I knew any other artists able to help out. I said I could probably get more decks and artists so I made a post in Social Pacific Beach since I reside in PB,” Dyer said. “The community responded and within a few hours, 15 people between PB, Little Italy, and OB had skateboard decks they wanted to donate.”
Dyer recently spent an afternoon driving around to picking up skateboard deck donations and gifted each person with a print of her artwork as a little thank you. “I also told each person that I will send them a photo of how their deck donation was painted as well as the location we display it,” she said.
The idea with this project is to bring awareness to drivers that roads are not just for vehicles, at least not here in San Diego. They are still working out the details and locations of where the skateboard decks will be installed. “Skateboarders, cyclists, and scooter riders all use roads and vehicle drivers need to understand and remember that, and to drive with self-awareness and caution that there are others around them,” Dyer said.
“What happened to Cameron is a gut-wrenching tragedy. Something that could have been avoided,” Dyer said. “We hope this project brings awareness, to remind drivers to share the road, and we are doing it in memory of Cameron.”
If anyone has a skateboard deck they would like to donate to the project, they can contact Dyer at ArtByKrystalDyer@gmail.com or Instagram @Krystal_Dyer_The_Artist.
– Thomas Melville