VENICE, Fla. (WWSB) - Last Thursday night, a 22-year-old Venice woman was killed in a fiery single-car crash on I-75.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Heather Druckenmiller was driving northbound when she lost control off her car and veered off the highway, hitting several trees. Her car then burst into flames.
Now, her coworkers and friends are coming together to help her memory live on.
Druckenmiller was a waitress at the British Open Pub in Venice for the last three years. The restaurant’s owner says Druckenmiller was a ray of sunshine and was always trying to better her community.
That’s why they’ve made a small memorial outside of the pub in her honor with sunflowers and a donation box with her name. All the money raised within the next month will be given to two local charities – The Cat Depot and Fairytail Endings.
“We wanted to make sure that her life lived on even after she didn’t. We just started talking about the number one thing that she loved which was animals, and it was a no brainer. We just knew that would be a beautiful way to reach out and make a difference in her name, and if she could save just one kitty - that would make her world,” Kelly Olliver, the owner of British Open Pub, told us.
The collection box will be outside of the British Open Pub during their business hours which are 11 am to 10 pm every day.