Man proclaims innocence in stealing dying pregnant woman’s purse

A Carlsbad man arrested in connection with the theft of a purse belonging to a dying pregnant woman at the scene of a North County car crash was freed on bail Wednesday and proclaimed his innocence to reporters.

“I’m guilty of nothing,’' Mark Struk, 31, told television station KGTV as he walked away from the Vista Detention Facility.

Witnesses to the early Sunday morning collision on Interstate 5 in Solana Beach told investigators that Yine Gonzalez’ purse was thrown from her vehicle as it overturned, and one of two people in a station wagon pulled over, swiped it and drove off, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The 24-year-old Gonzalez, who was six months pregnant, died at a hospital. Her unborn child could not be saved.

Struk and a woman were taken into custody Tuesday, but the woman was not arrested, according to the CHP.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Struk was booked on suspicion of felony grand theft and released on $20,000 bail.

The man accused of causing the crash, John Francis Sudac Jr., is also free on bail.

The CHP alleges that Sudac was driving the sedan that clipped the rear of the sport utility vehicle that carried Gonzalez, her husband, their 4-year-old daughter and two other relatives.

The others in the sport utility vehicle were treated for minor injuries.

Sudac and a male passenger ran from the scene, but Sudac turned himself in Sunday night, according to the CHP.

Both Struk and Sudac are scheduled to make their initial court appearances next week.

The CHP is still looking for two people, another woman believed to be Struk’s passenger when they drove past the crash, and Sudac’s passenger, who may have suffered a cut to his face.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the CHP at (858) 637-3800.