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A Torrey Pines woman pleaded guilty May 3 to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in the Feb. 1 death of a nanny in Torrey Highlands.

Christine Michelle Padilla, 35, also pleaded guilty to running a red light and failing to yield at a crosswalk when her car struck and killed Montserrat Mendez, 41.

Mendez was pushing a stroller in a marked crosswalk on Camino del Sure at Via Verrazzano around 11:45 a.m. when she was hit and dragged a distance. The baby did not fall out of the stroller, but was seriously injured.

San Diego Superior Court Judge Charles Gill set sentencing for June 7. The maximum sentence is one year in jail.

Padilla remains free on her own recognizance.

— Neal Putnam

The La Jolla YMCA was the recipient of a gift of about $7.5 million from the Ruth and Tom Shepherd Trust.

Ruth and Tom Shepherd were long time La Jollans who enjoyed the community of the La Jolla YMCA and whose son learned to swim at the Y. Tom Shepherd (1897-1979) was a master architect who moved to La Jolla in 1926 and was recognized for his involvement in the architectural design of many homes and buildings in La Jolla from approximately. His work can be found in many La Jolla neighborhoods including the Barber Tract, the Country Club area and La Jolla Hermosa. Notable works also include the Darlington House and the Little Hotel by the Sea. Ruth was a philanthropist in the community and was a long time supporter of many causes, including the Y and Scripps Hospital.

Thousands of San Diegans will opt for a two-wheeled commute for National Bike to Work Month in May. The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) iCommute program is rolling out Bike to Work activities all month long, including Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 17.

From May 1-31, people who register for Bike to Work Day and log their trips in TripTracker at will be automatically entered to win prizes.

Bike to Work Day pit stops, operating out of businesses all over the city, including several in La Jolla and University City, will be open from 6 to 9 a.m. Riders who register for Bike to Work Day on the iCommute website can pull into a pit stop during their commute and pick up a free Bike to Work Day T-shirt and snacks.

For more information, visit or call 511 and say “iCommute.”

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