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San Diego Hit and Run and Suspected San Diego DUI

On Behalf of | Apr 3, 2014 | Firm News |

The Law Office of Mark Deniz has the privilege of working with some of the best young legal minds in San Diego.  One of these persons is Alyssa Frazier.  Alyssa is a law student at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.  She is on the law review and one of the top of her class. She has an intense desire to help people.   She was invited to write on subjects that she comes across while working with the firm.

Today, she is writing about San Diego Hit and Run and Suspected San Diego DUI

On Friday, March 28,
2014 a woman died after being involved in a hit and run. While out walking with
a friend, the victim, Rachel Morrison, was struck by a vehicle and died later
at the hospital. A suspect was arrested the next day, and one of the charges
they potentially face is felony DUI, among other charges.

When someone is
impaired they put not only their life at risk, but also the risk of others.
Although someone may believe they are fine to drive, that may not always be the
case. While many DUIs don’t result in injury, the lives of others are still at
risk. Someone may feel that even though they are impaired, it won’t happen to
them; they wouldn’t be the ones in an accident. However, when someone drinks
and drives they are putting not only themselves at risk, but others on the road
as well.

See the articles
below or go to the link listed for the story about Rachel Morrison.

Aspiring Marine Biologist Killed in DUI
Hit and Run

Rachel Morrison, 27,
was fatally struck by DUI suspect Christopher Stockmeyer, 41, at Camino Del Mar
and Coast Boulevard Friday night.

A 27-year-old PhD
student was killed after being struck by a suspected drunk driver in a hit and
run in Del Mar Friday night, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department

Rachel Anne Morrison
was walking with a friend eastbound within a crosswalk at the intersection of
Camino Del Mar and Coast Boulevard at around 10:15 p.m. when a speeding vehicle
ran a stop sign, fatally striking Morrison. Her friend managed to dodge the car
and was not injured.

The driver then fled
the scene, officials said, leaving the mortally wounded woman on the street.

Morrison was
transported to Scripps La Jolla hospital. Unfortunately, she succumbed to her
injuries and was pronounced dead a short time later.

Morrison was a PhD
student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, her adviser
Stuart Sandin confirmed to NBC 7.

Her focus of study
was fisheries management, a topic she became interested in while doing her
undergraduate degree at Boston University, according to her autobiography on UC
San Diego’s Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation page.

Based on evidence
left behind at the crash scene, sheriff’s deputies and officers from the San
Diego Police Department worked together to locate the suspect vehicle involved
in the hit and run. They found the car at an apartment complex in La Jolla.

The owner of the car,
Christopher Stockmeyer, 41, was also located at the apartment complex.

Officials said he was
arrested on scene and charged with at least four counts, including felony
driving under the influence, felony hit and run and vehicular manslaughter
while intoxicated.

Stockmeyer was booked
into the Vista Detention Facility. He’s scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

NBC 7 has learned the
suspect is a father of two and an engineer.

Morrison’s adviser
asked her friends and colleagues at Scripps Institution for thoughts about her.
Compiling them, Sandin sent NBC 7 this statement via email:

“Rachel was a
beautiful person, inside and out. She was dedicated to her work in ocean
conservation and exploration. She enjoyed simply being out on the water. She
was a brilliant, giving, and selfless person that always had a smile on her

Rachel was an
explorer at heart, sailing across the Pacific and collecting valuable data as
she went. Among her many talents, she was amazing communicator and editor. We
will always keep her in our hearts and miss her dearly.”

Friends and family have
created a roadside memorial with photos and flowers at the crash site.

The crash remains
under investigation. Anyone with information should contact the Sheriff’s
Department at (858) 565-5200.

See full article at: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/DUI-Hit-and-Run-Del-Mar-Rachel-Morrison-Killed-253044311.html

DUI suspect arrested after fatal

suspected drunken driver has been arrested on suspicion of vehicular
manslaughter in the death of a 27-year-old woman who was killed in a
hit-and-run crash in Del Mar, authorities said Saturday.

Rachel Anne Morrison
and a friend were walking eastbound in a crosswalk at the intersection of
Camino Del Mar and Coast Boulevard about 10:15 p.m. Friday when Christopher
Stockmeyer, 41, allegedly ran a stop sign and struck her at a high rate of
speed, according to sheriff’s officials and the county Medical Examiner’s Office.

The other pedestrian
was able to get out of the way, sheriff’s Sgt. Anthony O’Boyle said.

Morrison, of
Encinitas, was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla where she was
declared dead shortly after arrival, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office.

The driver fled the
scene, authorities said. Sheriff’s deputies and San Diego police used evidence
left behind after the crash to locate the vehicle and Stockmeyer, its
registered owner, at an apartment complex in La Jolla.

Stockmeyer was
subsequently arrested and booked into the Vista Detention Facility on suspicion
of felony drunken driving, felony hit and run and vehicular manslaughter,
according to sheriff’s officials and jail records.

The full article can be found here.

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