SAN DIEGO – A suspected drunk driver accused of a fatal hit-and-run crash killing a 27-year-old marine biologist faces 15 years in prison.
Christopher Stockmeyer III was charged Monday with four felony counts including vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, DUI causing injury, driving with measurable alcohol level and hit and run.
Stockmeyer’s bail was increased to $250,000.
Rachel Morrison was crossing the intersection at Camino Del Mar and Coast Boulevard just after 10 p.m. Friday, March 28 when an Audi A-4 ran a stop sign and hit her, a prosecutor said. Her body was found 120 feet away in the bushes.
The driver continued on leaving broken pieces of the Audi and portion of the license plate at the scene, investigators said. The evidence led police to Stockmeyer’s La Jolla apartment at midnight.
An attorney said Stockmeyer smelled of alcohol and told investigators he was drinking early at an Encinitas bar and may have hit someone.
Stockmeyer’s blood alcohol content measured .14, but the prosecutor said it should be estimated at .24 due to it being measured five hours after the crash.
Twenty of Morrison’s friends attended the arraignment wearing pink roses in the victim’s honor. Her family did not appear in court.
Morrison was the oldest child and recently celebrated her 27th birthday. She was in the process of training for the Boston Marathon and was going to run it with her father.