A sign is now up at the intersection of Mission Gorge Road and SR-125 North in Santee in memory of a woman killed by a drunk driver. The Sheriff's Department unveiled the sign with media present in January. The goal is to remind people not to drink and drive.
On September 20, 2009, a 17-year-old girl decided to get behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated on alcohol and drugs. As she left a party in La Mesa, she struck a car, injuring that driver. The teen then left the scene of the crash and drove to Santee. When she came off SR-125 at more than 70 miles per hour, she struck the SUV of Pamela Sue Marabeas on Mission Gorge Road.
The mangled SUV is now being used in Sheriff's Start Smart classes as a visual reminder of the deadly consequences of drunk driving. Since June 2010, free Start Smart classes have been regularly offered to new drivers and their parents/guardians so they clearly understand their responsibilities when a teen starts to drive. The class also clarifies the restrictions of a provisional license and social host rules in the county. For more information on a Start Smart class near you, visit sdsheriff.net/co_startsmart.html.
Our thanks to Erin Limonchi, the daughter of Pamela Marabeas for speaking at the event and for graciously donating her mother's car to spread the message against drunk driving.