Firefighter killed in Campo crash gets roadside memorial


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CAMPO,  Calif. -- Along Buckman Springs Road in Campo are six blue signs, some with American flags, but each with a powerful message -- one that Jessica Radditz hopes people will remember when they get behind the wheel.

A little over one year ago, Radditz's boyfriend, off-duty firefighter Darin Steffey, was riding his motorcycle home from work when he was killed in a head-on collision.

The driver, 22-year-old Natasia Wood, was going more than 30 miles over the speed limit when she lost control of her vehicle and struck Steffey. In August, Wood pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter and was given a one-day jail sentence.

“I think it was a big slap in the face," Raddatz said. "The judge had the opportunity to set an example about reckless driving and that is not what happened.”

Radditz said the road signs serve as a way to take the law into her own hands.

“I wanted to bring awareness to reckless driving," Radditz said. “I am his only voice. It helps me carry on his name.”

Raddatz carries Steffey with her in a discreet heart-shaped urn necklace.

Instead of starting a life with the U.S. Air Force veteran, she now plans to dedicate her life to bringing attention to reckless driving.

“I know Darin isn’t the first and won’t be the last to lose a life to reckless driving,” Raddatz said.

Wood served her one-day sentence on Oct. 3, the one-year anniversary of the accident.


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