No charges filed against man arrested in purse theft

Prosecutors declined to file charges Wednesday against a man arrested on suspicion of stealing the purse of a pregnant woman killed in a crash on Interstate 5 earlier this month.

After reviewing the case against 31-year-old Mark Christopher Struk, the District Attorney’s Office found no evidence that a crime had been committed, spokesman Paul Levikow said.

Struk, who was accused of taking the victim’s purse after it flew out of her car, has denied the crime.

Witnesses told authorities they saw a woman get out of Struk’s Subaru station wagon and take the wallet of 24-year-old Yine Gonzales after it landed on the highway.

Struk told investigators he left the wallet near the crash scene before leaving.

Authorities initially said the wallet — along with $400 and two passports — was missing, but later said it was found inside the victim’s SUV.

It was unclear if the money and the passports were accounted for.

The motorist who allegedly caused the crash, John Francis Sudac, has pleaded not guilty to charges of gross vehicular manslaughter, hit-and-run causing death and possession of marijuana. He could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

The 27-year-old Carlsbad resident is accused of causing the Jan. 4 accident that took the life of Gonzalez, a Tijuana resident, and her unborn child.

Sudac, who is free on $200,100 bail, is due back in court on Jan. 22 for a readiness conference. A preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 26.

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 Gonzalez.

The victim, who was six months pregnant, was partially ejected and fatally injured 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 wreck, but Sudac surrendered that night.

Anyone with more information about Sudac’s passenger was asked to call the CHP in Oceanside.

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