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Monday, February 4, 2013

Stark Reminder Posted at Crash Site

Monday, February 4, 2013

A sign intended to prompt motorists to reflect on the consequences of drunk driving  was posted Jan. 31 where northbound State Route 125 ends at Mission Gorge Road in Santee.

The sign says: “Please don’t drink and drive.  In memory of Pamela Marabeas.”
Marabeas, a 53-year-old mother of two,  was killed at the intersection in September 2009 when her SUV was struck broadside by a pickup truck that ran through a red light at more than 80 miles per hour. The truck was driven by 17-year-old girl who was under the influence of drugs and alcohol.  She survived the crash, but was severely injured.

Marabeas’ relatives, who paid the $1,000 cost to erect the sign, are hoping it will serve as a reminder that driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol is a recipe for tragedy.

The Sheriff’s Department uses the crushed SUV involved in the fatal crash as a visual aid at driver safety classes aimed at teens.

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