“I have heard people coming from Texas, already from last night and a couple of other buddies came from the Bay Area,” said one participant. “He’s an inspiration. He’s a hero to everybody out here.”
SoCal Car Meets organized the memorial with a Facebook invitation that received nearly 8,000 RSVPs. Thousands of people attended the event at midday on Sunday, driving their souped-up vehicles down a normally quiet stretch of road and clogging traffic for three miles.
The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department issued a traffic advisory warning drivers to avoid away from the area if they did not intend to participate.