Man accused of fatal freeway crash pleads not guilty

A Carlsbad man accused of causing a freeway crash that killed a pregnant woman and her unborn child, then fleeing the scene, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of gross vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run causing death.

John Francis Sudac, 27, who is also charged with possession of marijuana, could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Natalie Villaflor.

Sudac, who is out of custody on $200,100 bail, is due back in court on Jan. 22 for a readiness conference. Vista Superior Court Judge Marshall Hockett also set a Jan. 26 preliminary hearing date.

On Jan. 4 about 1 a.m., Sudac was allegedly behind the wheel of a speeding Nissan Altima that clipped the back of a Ford Explorer on Interstate 5, just north of Lomas Santa Fe Drive, killing 24-year-old Yine Gonzalez of Tijuana.

Gonzalez, who was six months pregnant, was partially ejected as the SUV rolled over several times, said CHP Officer Mark Latulippe.

He said Gonzalez died of her injuries at a hospital and her fetus could not be saved. Her husband, 5-year-old daughter and two relatives were treated for minor injuries.

Latulippe said Sudac and a male passenger ran from the wrecked car, but Sudac surrendered to authorities that night.

Anyone with information on Sudac’s passenger was asked to call the Highway Patrol in Oceanside, Villaflor said.

A man accused of stopping near the accident site and stealing the victim’s purse is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday if charges are brought.

Mark Struk, 31, has denied culpability in the incident.

Latulippe said that investigators are still looking for $400 missing from the purse, along with two passports.

Related posts:

  1. Driver allegedly causing fatal crash with pregnant woman in custody
  2. Arraignment for alleged crash suspect; pregnant woman killed
  3. Man, woman arrested on suspicion of stealing from fatal accident site
  4. Man proclaims innocence in stealing dying pregnant woman’s purse
  5. Woman pleads not guilty to felony charges

Short URL: http://www.delmartimes.net/?p=4966

Posted by Pat Sherman on Jan 13, 2009. Filed under Archives. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

Archives

Facebook

Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

LA JOLLA NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RSS RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

  • New Rancho Santa Fe Library Branch Manager welcomes community input
    Rancho Santa Fe Library’s new Branch Manager Haley Kwon has been charmed by the village’s “sweet, down-home” character, the simple pleasure of visiting the local library and people’s enjoyment of a slower speed of time. “It’s a small town and the library is a place for people to connect,” Kwon said. “People have a different sense of time here, they come in t […]
  • Robotics booming at Rancho Santa Fe School
    By Karen Billing At R. Roger Rowe School, 44 percent of first graders are participating in the robotics program this year. The school is fielding 44 robotics teams, including 31 percent of second grade, 23 percent of third grade, 35 percent of fourth grade and 39 percent of fifth grade. In the middle school, there are two FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams and fi […]
  • Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices honored with Stevie Gold Award
    Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices was recently named Startup of the Year in the 2014 American Business Awards, earning the brokerage the Stevie Gold award. The award was presented at the Fairmont Millennium Park Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. “Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is among a select few organizations to be entrusted with the Berkshire Hathaway name,” co […]