Family of woman killed in head-on Fiat crash sues
SAN DIEGO — The family of a woman killed in a head-on traffic collision on Carmel Valley Road filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the alleged drunken driver accused of causing the crash.
The lawsuit was filed Friday in San Diego Superior Court against 30-year-old Anthony Perez Rodriguez on behalf of Danny Sheaf, the husband of the victim — Enid Diane Mayer-Sheaf — and Christopher Sheaf, the victim’s son.
The crash occurred about 6:30 p.m. July 22 near State Route 56. A Fiat 500 driven by Rodriguez allegedly crossed the center divider and collided head-on into Mayer-Sheaf’s 1987 Chevrolet Nova.
Mayer-Sheaf, 61, died at the scene. Rodriguez, who was uninjured, was criminally charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while impaired and DUI causing great bodily injury.
Frederick Schenk, the attorney for the Sheaf family, said the lawsuit alleges Rodriguez was severely impaired at the time of the accident and, therefore, directly responsible for the victim’s death.
Prosecutors in the criminal case said Rodriguez spent the day drinking at a Padres game, then at a bar.
His blood-alcohol level was measured at between .15 and .16 percent — about twice the legal limit — some 90 minutes after the crash, according to prosecutors.
The lawsuit seeks punitive and general damages, Schenk said.