A suspected hit and run on Saturday, June 5, 2014, resulted in the wrongful death of a San Diego woman. The body of 27-year-old Amber Schei was found on Saturday morning in the bushes on the side of Nimitz Boulevard in the Ocean Beach neighborhood in San Diego. Responding medical personnel pronounced her dead at the scene due to multiple blunt force injuries that are characteristic of a wrongful death hit-and-run. Ms. Schei is survived by her mother Tammy Wilson, and her 10-year-old daughter.
A San Diego man who was the victim of a suspected wrongful death died at a hospital on April 24th after being found unconscious in the street by his San Carlos house. The man has been identified as 52 year old Jackie Clinton Jackson Jr.. San Diego police are investigating the death as a possible hit-and-run. A neighbor called police about 5:10 a.m. after seeing Mr. Jackson at the foot of a driveway on Beaver Lake Drive, east of Cowles Mountain Boulevard. Mr. Jackson was on the ground between two parked vehicles and was unresponsive when medics arrived. Mr. Jackson was then transported to Sharp Memorial Hospital, where he was overcome by his injuries and died hours after admission.
A serious bicycle accident occurred on Monday, April 7th in Rancho Bernardo. A 72 year old female drunk driver struck a 62 year old bicyclist and then fled the scene. The 72 year old drunk was driving a Hyundai northbound on Pomerado Road when she collided with the bicyclist. The bicyclist suffered a fractured spine, head injuries, and fractured ribs. An investigation later revealed that the automobile driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.
A fatal drunk driving accident took the life of 27 year-old Rachel Anne Morrison on March 28, 2014. The accident occurred on Camino Del Mar and Coast Boulevard in Del Mar, California. Ms. Morrison, a pedestrian, was crossing the street, when Christopher Stockmeyer ran a stop-sign at a high rate of speed, striking and killing Ms. Morrison.
A driver killed a pedestrian who was a 53 year-old single Oceanside man on February 26, 2014. Charles D. Soltysiak was struck as he was walking his dog on the Cassidy Street overpass above Interstate 5 around 8:30 p.m. The driver of the vehicle that killed Charles D. Soltysiak has been identified as 23-year-old Christian Thibodeau. After striking Mr. Soltysiak, Mr. Thibodeau apparently panicked, then left the scene, and sped home to get his father.
After a deadly string of hit and run accidents shook the San Diego community during the past few months, victims and their families are often left without the identity of the perpetrator. On Wednesday February 12 of this year, 20-year-old Carlsbad resident Vincent Edward Zellefrow Jr. was hit by a 17-year-old girl who was under the influence of alcohol and drugs. While under the influence, she hit Vincent while he was skateboarding with a friend. Vincent did not survive the accident. The 17 year-old-driver fled the scene. Quick investigation found both the vehicle and the driver.
After a 17 year-old drunk driver killed their son in Carlsbad last week, the parents of Vincent Edward Zellefrow Jr. will be hosting a memorial in his honor this coming Saturday. Vincent was a bright, energetic young man who was studying at MiraCosta College with plans to transfer to UC Berkley to train to become a music teacher. Sadly, his aspirations came to a close far too soon, after a 17 year old drunk driver hit Vincent while he was skateboarding with a friend and then fled the scene. The underage driver also had illegal narcotics in her system at the time of her arrest.
There are few things more tragic than the wrongful death of a young, promising life caused by a drunk driver. Vincent Edward Zellefrow Jr. of Carlsbad was an outgoing 20-year old man who loved music and skateboarding. Zellefrow was attending MiraCosta college with intentions to transfer to UC Berkley to pursue a career as a music teacher.
A hit and run driver caused the wrongful death of an 81 year-old married San Ysirdo man on February 9, 2014. Alonso Florez Pacheco was struck as he was walking south on East San Ysirdo Boulevard at 6:02 a.m. The vehicle that struck and killed Mr. Pacheco was a black vehicle travelling westbound. After striking Mr. Pacheco, the driver immediately fled the scene, leaving Mr. Pacheco for dead.
A hit and run driver caused the wrongful death of a well-known and well-loved Escondido man on February 3rd. Benjamin Ramirez was struck as he was walking home from a friend's house, following his shift at the local Albertson's. The vehicle involved was a white, box U-haul style, truck. After striking Mr. Ramirez, the driver slowed for a moment before fleeing the scene, leaving Mr. Ramirez to die.