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Sign to be Dedicated in Memory of Woman Killed in Route 125 Crash

The Sheriff's Department is holding a dedication ceremony for a new freeway sign in memory of Pamela Sue Marabeas.

On Sept. 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.

This week the Sheriff's Department is holding a dedication ceremony for a new freeway sign in memory of Marabeas.

Between 2006 and 2012 there have been 61 traffic collisions at the intersection of Mission Gorge Road and SR-125, 14 caused by a DUI driver, 16 caused by speeding, and three deadly, according to the Sheriff's Department. Of the three deadly crashes, two were caused by DUI, one by a floor mat stuck on the accelerator.

The most recent crash at the intersection occurred over New Year's weekend and involved a 21-year-old Orange County man accused of driving drunk and crashing into a San Diego police car, seriously injuring a rookie officer. The suspect has plead not guilty.

The mangled SUV that Marabeas was driving 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.

At the January 9 meeting of the Santee City council Deputy City Manager Pedro Orso-Delgado said that city staff were setting up meetings with Caltrans to discuss ideas to make the intersection safer for motorists.

—A Sheriff's Department press release contributed to this post

Batman January 29, 2013 at 07:06 AM
And you want to legalize marijuana?
Sandra January 29, 2013 at 04:52 PM
I feel that intersection and Cuyamaca should have cameras. People drive like maniacs and run lights often I never see Police there either this would be extra eyes.
mike January 29, 2013 at 05:05 PM
Marijuana is legalized and regulated for medicinal use. California says driving under the influence of any substance, legal or not, is illegal. Sorry about your parents, Batman.
Bill Howell January 29, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Probably a great place for our Sheriff's deputies to be sitting and writing every violation they see (instead of cherry patchs at four way stops in residential zones with no history of accidents!).
Cathy January 29, 2013 at 06:02 PM
I attended the Smart Start class with my 16 year old son and Pamela Sue Marabeas’ daughter spoke to the class. She is a beautiful person who is a testament to what a great person her mother, Ms Marabeas, must have been. I am happy we will have a reminder of what a lovely person we are missing due to the senseless act of another. My best to Pamela’s son and daughter.
Batman January 29, 2013 at 07:17 PM
That would be great. Then we can see videos of all these spectacular crashes.
Rob January 29, 2013 at 08:56 PM
sadly~~~Too many people are stuck on stupid and drive when they should be sleeping it off~~~and they almost always survive the crash~~while killing innocent victims~~~R.I.P. Pamela~~
Jimmy Sanders January 30, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Why do we need a shrine dedicated to one victim? Are those killed in other accidents less worthy of having their own signs? What about other families similarly affected and their ability to remember their loved one(s) with government paid for signage? What standard do we now use that prompts another sign here or elsewhere? Is this sign expected to reduce traffic accidents?

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