I doubt I'd even come across this sentence in a Stieg Larsson novel, but wow, now I've learned it.
Car accidents involving young people are very common in Sweden and especially in Finland. If the accident happens in a small town, there is a type of collective sorrow that takes over. People bring flowers and sometimes crosses to the place of accident. You can see these presentations of mourning far too often when driving through Finland.
That's so sad. You can see those often in Italy, and surprisingly, sometimes also in California. I think here they are most usually made by people of Hispanic descent. A mother of one of our students was killed by a car not far from their house, and they immediately sold the house and moved, not wanting to be near the place where it happened.
You see something similar in Los Angeles. Only most of the time they are a result of violence or for missing persons. We call them "vigils."
I thought exactly the same! :D Nice to know there are other Sabaton-listeners around :)