$2M bail set for DUI suspect in fatal crash

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Friars Road crash

SAN DIEGO — A 20-year-old man accused of driving drunk and causing a fiery crash in Bay Park that killed two passengers pleaded not guilty Wednesday to gross vehicular manslaughter and other charges.

Antony N. Schoenle was ordered held on $2 million bail. He was arraigned from his hospital bed at UCSD Medical Center.

San Diego police investigators said Schoenle was behind the wheel of a 2000 Dodge Stratus that struck a curb in the 4800 block of Friars Road, veered onto an embankment and struck a large boulder, causing a fire which engulfed the car about 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

Schoenle was able to free himself from the wreckage, but his passengers – best friends Lizzy Garcia and Lupe Acosta, in their early 20s — were trapped in the car and burned to death.

Acosta’s puppy also died in the accident.

Deputy District Attorney Steven Schott said Schoenle’s blood-alcohol level was measured at .09 percent about two hours after the crash.

The defendant had consumed alcohol, marijuana and cocaine prior to the accident during a night of partying that began nearly 12 hours before the crash, the prosecutor alleged.

Schoenle faces 12 years in prison if convicted.

A bail review is set for Sept. 1 and preliminary hearing for Nov. 16.

2 comments

  • Felipe Rios-El Capitan De Los Chargers.

    Too many LIBS in jail already. No place to put them. They’re letting them all out (drug offenders) guess you don’t live in California otherwise you would know that.

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