Aspiring Marine Biologist Rachel Anne Morrison, 27, Killed in Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Crash
By Susan Schaben
DEL MAR, California (April 1, 2014) – Police arrested suspected hit-and-run and drunken driver Christopher Stockmeyer, 41, this past weekend after locating him and his car at a La Jolla apartment complex. Using evidence gathered at the scene of the crash, police were able to track down Stockmeyer and arrest him shortly after Friday night’s fatal pedestrian crash on Camino Del Mar and Coast Boulevard, according to a press release by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office.
Rachel Anne Morrison, 27, of Encinitas was allegedly struck by Stockmeyer’s car when he reportedly ran through a stop sign and struck her in a crosswalk at the intersection, according to a press release by the San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office.
Stockmeyer, who was booked into the Vista Detention Facility, is being charged with driving under the influence, hit and run and vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. His arraignment in court is schedule for this Wednesday, April 3.
Fatal DUI Car Accident
Morrison, an aspiring marine biologist and PhD student, was walking with a friend on the night of the crash. They were attempting to cross Camino Del Mar eastbound in the crosswalk when Stockmeyer reportedly ran through a stop sign and struck Morrison. The friend was able to jump out of harm’s way, but Morrison was critically injured.
As Stockmeyer drove away from the scene, paramedics rushed Morrison by ambulance to nearby Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. She was treated by emergency doctors, but she later died of her injuries. A roadside memorial of photographs and flowers was put up at the intersection in memory of Morrison.
“There is no excuse for anyone to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs these days as there has been so much awareness raised in the community about how to avoid such a tragedy,” Attorney James Johnson said. “The thoughts and prayers of our staff are with this young woman’s family and friends as they cope with her sudden loss and come to terms with her death.”
Witnesses are asked to contact the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department at (858) 565-5200.
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