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Man sentenced to 11 years in Del Mar hit & run

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VISTA (CBS 8) - A man who drove drunk and killed a marine biologist in a hit-and-run crash in Del Mar has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Christopher "Chip" Stockmeyer, 41, pleaded guilty in April to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and hit-and-run in the March 28 death of Rachel Morrison.

Witnesses said the 27-year-old UCSD doctorate student, who was studying at the Scripps Oceanographic Institution, was walking eastbound when Stockmeyer ran a stop sign in his Audi A4 and struck her at a high rate of speed at the intersection of Camino Del Mar and Coast Boulevard about 10:15 p.m.

Morrison's friend, who was walking with her in the crosswalk, was not injured.

Deputy District Attorney Keith Watanabe said the car's Audi symbol and a partial license plate helped sheriff's deputies locate Stockmeyer at his La Jolla home 12 miles from the crash site.

Stockmeyer reportedly told deputies that he had been drinking with friends at a restaurant in Encinitas and admitted he "might have" hit somebody in Del Mar.

Watanabe estimated the defendant's blood-alcohol level was .24 percent at the time of the crash, three times the legal limit for driving.
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