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Still MADD: Anti drunk driving group erects sign

Mothers Against Drunk Driving Kitsap chapter president Marcia Masters (right) hands pins to family members of drunken driving victim Ellen Getavesky. Louise Finney (front), Edith Finney (left) and Becky Banghart installed a road sign in memory of their loved one on Monday morning on Newberry Hill Road.  - Photo by Tracey Cooper
Mothers Against Drunk Driving Kitsap chapter president Marcia Masters (right) hands pins to family members of drunken driving victim Ellen Getavesky. Louise Finney (front), Edith Finney (left) and Becky Banghart installed a road sign in memory of their loved one on Monday morning on Newberry Hill Road.
— image credit: Photo by Tracey Cooper

Four years after her death road signs were erected Monday on Newberry Hill Road in hope that other lives will be saved.

“Please Don’t Drink and Drive, in Memory of Ellen Getavesky” the two blue placards read. They were placed on both sides of Newberry Hill Road at the spot where Getavesky, 50, was killed by a man driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

“If people start seeing all these signs they’ll see how many people have died,” said Edith Finney, Getavesky’s sister. She, her mother Louise and older sister Becky Banghart of Snohomish gathered at the site about a third of a mile east of Klahowya Secondary School and watched as county workers installed them.

“My daughter was going to the grocery store to get cat food,” said Louise Finney of the Sept.1,1998 crash. A man driving under the influence of meth and alcohol struck Getavesky’s car head-on killing her Louise said.

That man was sentenced to five years and one month and has since been released from prison.

Kitsap County Commissioners recently OKed the posting of road signs to mark crash sites. Family members purchase the sign and KC public works employees install them. The sign is put up for three years, but Getavesky’s family would like to see it on the roadside indefinitely.

This is the third sign put up in Kitsap County. The others are located at Central Valley Road and Bucklin Hill Road near the Safeway said Marcia Masters president for Kitsap County’s MADD chapter.

Family members said because of the sign’s proximity to Klahowya Secondary School, they hope students will get the message drinking and driving don’t mix.

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