DEL MAR, Calif. - The family of a 27-year-old Ph. D student who was killed in a suspected DUI and hit-and-run visited the crash site Monday where a memorial has been growing.
Rachel Morrison was killed Friday evening while walking in a crosswalk at Camino del Mar and Coast Boulevard, just west of the Del Mar race track.
“You know this happens all the time, which is unacceptable. It is not OK,” said Melanie Havey, heartbroken that her friend was killed by a suspected drunken driver.
Havey added, “She was just always smiling. She was just always in a good mood, always made everybody around her feel better. That was Rachel.”
10News was told Morrison was walking to a friend’s house nearby after having dinner with friends.
“We just have each other. We just keep coming back to each other and staying with each other and that's how we’re getting through it right now,” said Havey.
Morrison was studying at UC San Diego to become a marine biologist.
Investigators say Morrison and a friend were in the crosswalk when the hit-and-run driver went through a stop sign at a high rate of speed.
Morrison died at the hospital. Her friend was not injured.
The man who investigators say was behind the wheel has been identified by the sheriff's department as 41-year-old Christopher Stockmeyer.
They were able to track the car to Stockmeyer's apartment complex in La Jolla, where he was taken into custody. He was booked on suspicion of felony DUI, hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter.
“She was just the most considerate and thoughtful and sweet person I know. Those are all the things I’ll remember about Rachel,” said Havey.