CHULA VISTA (CNS) - A drunken driver who killed a homeless woman in a Christmas Day hit-and-run crash in Chula Vista pleaded guilty Wednesday to vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and leaving the scene.
Angel Rodrigo Gutierrez, 23, will be sentenced to six years and four months behind bars at a hearing July 28 before South Bay Judge Kathleen Lewis.
The defendant's blood-alcohol measured .29 percent -- more than three times the legal limit -- when he was arrested about five hours after the 8:30 p.m. collision in the 1200 block of Third Avenue, said Deputy District Attorney Cally Bright.
A witness provided officers with a partial license plate of the white Pontiac sedan that hit 54-year-old Robin O'Quinn, also known as Robin O'Quinn Fortson, as she was crossing the street. Police found the car abandoned in the 200 block of Moss Street about an hour later.
Investigators went to the registered owner's address, questioned Gutierrez's relatives, then picked him up about 2:40 a.m. on Dec. 26 outside his home in the 300 block of Date Street.
Gutierrez initially told officers he was not driving and had loaned his car to a "homeboy," according to police.
A brush fire that spread over open terrain near the far northwestern reaches of Camp Pendleton Wednesday, threatening homes, has scorched about 700 acres and is now 10 percent contained.
The body of a fallen hero returned home to San Diego Wednesday night, and fellow sailors were there to pay tribute and escort him from the airport to the funeral home in Chula Vista.
Protesters gathered in Rancho Peñasquitos Wednesday night upset over a plan to demolish an affordable housing complex.
Cooler temperatures will continue Thursday with the weather expected to remain stable through the Fourth of July.
We've all been there, standing at our trash and recycling bins wondering, "is it trash or is it recyclable?"
With just days to go before the San Diego County Fair comes to a close for 2017, we are getting a look at all the strange items that ended up in the lost and found.
News 8's Shawn Styles reports from Del Mar with what was left behind.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled Tuesday for an oft-deported Mexican citizen accused of driving drunk and fleeing the scene after blowing through a stop sign and crashing his truck into a car containing a family returning home from a day at Disneyland, seriously injuring a 6-year-old boy.