Man suspected in fatal hit-and-run arrested

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arrestDEL MAR, Calif. – A 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.

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.

8 comments

  • Esco

    The schools start beating the "Don't Drink and Drive" information into our heads in Elementary School, through Middle School and High School. As well as posted signs in public, places of recreation and on TV all the time. How is it that it still doesn't sink in with so many idiotic people? It's obvious that the penalties should be cranked up, and fatal hit and run cases be elevated to murder charges. Time to stop playing "softball" with these uncaring types that ignore our laws, maiming and killing our citizens because they want to drink and roam our streets.

  • dailydebacle

    The cowards involved in hit and runs should be put away forever. No sympathy for their fellow humans deserves no sympathy in return.

  • gradydog

    society has raised a generation of people who think that laws have no bearing on how they stumble through life. they see themselves as being better than others and therefore they see laws as a thing which does not pertain to them until they get caught, then they scream like children about how they are being singled out when its time to pay the piper. and the sad thing is that most of these individuals which get into an incident of this type… are not your run of the mill uneducated deadbeat losers… they are educated and holdings very well paying positions and that's what is troubling… that how a person of that caliber would risk losing everything they worked for over an evening of having a few too many drinks.there is no justifiable reason why any person would even think of losing their livilhood by not knowing when to say when.

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