On Feb. 25, the city of Milton, its police department and the Pierce County DUI Victim Impact Panel held a long-awaited memorial sign dedication in memory of 15-year-old Kelsey Parrett, who was tragically killed by a drunk driver in April 2010. Kelsey was walking with a friend on 15th Avenue after leaving a youth church service, and was struck on the corner of 15th Avenue and Juniper Street.
The DUI memorial signs in her honor have been placed in a more trafficked area on Milton Way near the intersection of Juniper Street to allow for maximum exposure.
"It took a long time, but I'm glad these signs are finally up," Chief William Rhoads said. "It's the least we can do for her family. If one person reads this sign and it keeps them from drinking and driving, it will make an impact. It's also a reminder to my guys to be more aware and get these guys off the road."
Milton Public Works representatives installed the signs and planted flowers around the base in Kelsey's honor.
"This usually doesn't happen, but it was a really nice way to personalize the memorial," Rhoads said. "Her family is extremely happy with how everything came together."
Robert Mitzel was charged with the crimes of vehicular homicide and failure to remain at the scene of an accident resulting in death. He pleaded guilty in April 2011 and was given a four-year prison sentence.