Lawsuit filed on behalf of family of woman killed in crash on Carmel Valley Road

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the family of Enid Diane Mayer-Sheaf, 61, who died after an alleged drunk driver collided with her vehicle on Carmel Valley Road near State Route 56 this past summer.

According to CaseyGerry attorney Frederick Schenk, the lawsuit was filed in San Diego Superior Court against Anthony Rodriguez on behalf of Danny Sheaf, the victim’s husband and Christopher Sheaf, her son. Schenk said the crash occurred on July 22, 2015, when a Fiat 500 — driven by defendant Rodriguez, 30, and heading eastbound on Carmel Valley Road — went over the center divide and head-on into Mayer-Sheaf’s Chevrolet Nova.

Mayer-Sheaf, a Chula Vista resident, died at the accident scene. Uninjured in the crash, Rodriguez was subsequently taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and manslaughter charges.

According to Schenk, the lawsuit alleges the defendant was severely impaired at the time of the accident, and therefore, directly responsible for the victim’s death.

“Rodriguez — whose blood alcohol content level was reportedly .16 — double the legal limit — had been drinking for hours. He had been at a Padres game and then went to a bar for post-game festivities,” Schenk said.

Unfortunately, this type of incident has been all too common in recent months, Schenk added. “With a spike in drunk-driving fatalities this summer, San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has called it the ‘Summer of Shame.’ Sadly, this is a completely preventable tragedy. Given all the alternative forms of transportation — from Uber to Lyft to taxis — one should never get behind the wheel drunk. This simply should never be an option.”

The lawsuit claims that Rodriguez — who has been charged with three felonies: gross vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and driving with measurable blood alcohol causing injury — drove his vehicle with wanton, willful and conscious disregard for the safety of others. “Because of this alleged malicious act,” Schenk said, “his family has suffered tremendously and will seek punitive damages in addition to general damages.”

— Submitted press release