and Grant Welker
LOWELL -- A 27-year-old Chelmsford native out for a walk with a friend died Friday night in San Diego after she was struck in a hit-and-run accident by an alleged drunk driver.
Rachel Anne Morrison was hit at 10:15 p.m. on Friday when a vehicle ran a stop sign while she and a friend were walking within a crosswalk at the intersection of Camino Del Mar and Coast Boulevard. The vehicle fled the scene and Morrison was transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, where she was pronounced dead.
The San Diego Police Department arrested 41-year-old Christopher Stockmeyer, the registered owner of the vehicle that struck Morrison, at an apartment complex in La Jolla. He was subsequently booked into Vista Detention Facility on charges of felony driving under the influence, felony hit and run, and vehicular manslaughter, according to a press release by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.
The collision is under investigation by the Encinitas Sheriff's Station Traffic Unit and Sheriff's Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team.
Morrison was a three-sport athlete at the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro and valedictorian of the Class of 2005.
"She was really special," said Sue Turkovicz, who was one of Morrison's teachers for two biology classes.
Morrison was known for both her academic achievements and her athletic talents.
"She's just an amazing individual, just very talented," said Lisa Zappala, the school's athletic director. "It was somber here today."