Trial date set in fatal alleged DUI crash

CARLSBAD — A judge found enough evidence at a hearing Nov. 9 for a young woman to stand trial for the alleged drunken crash that killed a 64-year-old man as he bicycled to his job at a nearby hotel.
Authorities say Julianne Elyse Thomson, 23, was driving while intoxicated on July 27 when her Ford 150 struck Arthur John Jacobs of Vista, fatally pinning him to a block wall at about 9:45 p.m., just north of Cassia Road at El Camino Real.
Carlsbad Police found Thomson hiding in nearby bushes about 15 minutes later, at an apartment complex around the corner from the fatal accident.
San Diego County Superior Court Judge K. Michael Kirkman set Thomson’s trial for Jan. 23, 2012.
She faces charges of hit and run causing death, gross vehicular manslaughter, a DUI causing injury and a DUI with a blood-alcohol level 0.08 or higher.
The defendant could be punished with a prison sentence of up to 15 years if she is convicted on all three felonies, according to prosecutor Aimee McLeod.
According to McLeod, Thomson’s blood alcohol level was measured at 0.25, which is more than three times the legal limit.
Thomson has been out of jail on a $200,000 bail.
Criminal defense attorney Richard Muir told The Coast News that his client was very remorseful.
“She’s going to therapy over it and extremely remorseful,” he said.
The county coroner’s office reported that the victim was a Vista resident who lived with his daughter and worked at The Park Hyatt Aviara.
The crash happened less than 2.5 miles from his work.

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