MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - It is a simple memorial really. Two black and white photographs of his smiling face with an artificial flower arrangement between them.
Employees at the Pilot Travel Center in Moss Point wanted to show respect and appreciation for their friend and longtime customer Lewis Peak.
He's the 44-year-old trucker from Georgia who was killed in that fiery collision on Interstate 10 near Diamondhead on Monday.
Peak would visit the truck stop several times a week. He had an upbeat personality and was always quick with a smile or joke.
The memorial is a grim reminder that conditions on the road can be downright dangerous, but you don't need to remind those who drive 18-wheelers for a living.
"Every second I'm on the road," was the immediate reply from veteran truck driver David Pratt when asked how often he thinks about safety on the road.
The West Virginia man not only drives for a living, he's also an instructor for those wanting their commercial license.
While cellphones and texting are unwanted distractions on the road, Pratt says the much bigger problems are excessive speed and following too close.
Steve Phillips will have more on the story of this somber memorial tonight on WLOX News and WLOX.com.