Encinitas Man To Be Sentenced for Vehicular Manslaughter

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
Sentencing is scheduled tomorrow for Agustin Garcia Morales, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter for hitting and killing a toddler in Encinitas.

The incident took place Nov. 1 on a driveway in front of his Encinitas Boulevard apartment. Morales was reportedly on his way to work shortly before 7:30 a.m. last Friday when his Toyota Camry hit 3-year-old Juan Andres Ruiz of Encinitas as the boy walked with his mother, who was pushing his sibling in a stroller. 

The child wound up pinned beneath the sedan. Morales and a bystander pulled him out, and medics took the child to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. 

—City News Service contributed to this report.


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