Arraignment for alleged crash suspect; pregnant woman killed

A Carlsbad man accused of causing a traffic crash that killed a pregnant woman and her unborn child on Interstate 5 will be arraigned next week, authorities said Tuesday.

John Francis Sudac, 27, posted $200,100 bail and was ordered to return to court in Vista on Monday afternoon, said Paul Levikow of the District Attorney's Office.

Sudac turned himself in Sunday night and was booked on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and other charges in connection with the crash, which occurred around 1 a.m. Sunday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Sudac allegedly drove a speeding Nissan Altima that clipped the back of a Ford Explorer just north of Lomas Santa Fe Drive, killing Yine Gonzalez, 24, of Tijuana.

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

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 turned himself in to authorities Sunday night. The male passenger remains at large.

A witness told authorities a passing motorist in a station wagon stole Gonzalez' purse after it dropped onto the freeway as the SUV rolled over.

The CHP asked anyone with information on the crash or the theft to call (858) 637-3800.

   
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