SAN DIEGO – The man who caused the hit-and-run crash that killed a marine biologist pleaded guilty Wednesday.
Christopher Stockmeyer III, 41, was charged in the death of 27-year-old Rachel Morrison and will be sentenced on June 20.
Morrison, of Encinitas, was crossing the intersection of Camino Del Mar and Coast Boulevard around 10 p.m. on March 28 when an Audi A-4 ran a stop sign, hit her and drove away, investigators said. Her body was found 120 feet away in the bushes.
Investigators traced a broken license plate from the Audi to Stockmeyer’s residence, where he was taken into custody.
During Stockmeyer’s arraignment a week ago, the prosecutor said authorities tested his blood alcohol about five hours after the crash and it was .14. According to the prosecutor, if the test was administered at the time of the crash it would have been estimated at .24.
Morrison was a PhD student at the Scripps Oceanographic Institution and was in the process of training for the Boston Marathon.