Driver in fatal Carmel Valley Road crash to stand trial

A man accused of driving drunk and swerving into oncoming traffic on Carmel Valley Road, causing a accident that killed a woman in another car, was ordered Nov. 10 to stand trial on charges of vehicular manslaughter and DUI charges.

Anthony Perez Rodriguez, 30, faces up to 12 years in prison if convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter while impaired and DUI causing great bodily injury in the death of Enid Mayer-Sheaf of Chula Vista.

The 61-year-old victim was returning from a hospital where her mother-in- law had just died when the accident happened about 6:30 p.m. last July 22 near Camino del Sur.

A friend of the defendant, Orlando Castro, testified that they took the Uber ride-hailing service to the Padres game from his home in Pacific Beach in anticipation of drinking to celebrate Rodriguez’s 30th birthday.

Castro said he and Rodriguez had three or four beers at the game, then had a beer and a shot of tequila at a nearby bar after the game as they waited for a return Uber trip back to Castro’s home.

“We were both intoxicated,” Castro testified.

Castro said that after Uber dropped them off in Pacific Beach, he got some pizza, came home and passed out on the couch.

The witness said Rodriguez wasn’t there when he woke up a few hours later, noting that the last time he saw Rodriguez, the defendant was in no shape to drive.

District Attorney Investigator Michael Edwards testified that according to the event data recorder on the defendant’s Fiat 500, Rodriguez was traveling eastbound at 51-52 mph -- faster than the victim’s Chevrolet Nova -- when it veered left into oncoming traffic and smashed into her vehicle near the bicycle lane.

Mayer-Sheaf died at the scene.

Rodriguez’s blood-alcohol level was measured at .16 percent two hours after the crash. That would have meant his BAC was between .18 and .20 percent at the time of the crash, said Deputy District Attorney Lauren Ogata.

The defendant would have consumed nine to 10 drinks to get to that level of intoxication, the prosecutor said.

Rodriguez drank that day despite knowing he was going to drive, Ogata alleged.

Ogata said that after the crash, Rodriguez blamed the victim, saying she came into his lane of traffic.

Superior Court Judge David Rubin ruled that enough evidence was presented at the preliminary hearing for Rodriguez to stand trial Feb. 2.

The judge allowed the defendant to remain free on $100,000 bail so long as he refrains from drinking and continues to wear an alcohol-monitoring device.

A readiness conference was set for Dec. 22.