A father who abandoned his critically injured boy after crashing his car near Rosecrans Street June 2 was ordered
Sept. 17 to stand trial for hit and run causing death and child endangerment.
Angelo Arroyo Fabiani, 40, softly cried in his preliminary hearing as he heard descriptions of the accident that fatally injured his 4-year-old son, Valentino. Witnesses said Angelo Fabiani was frantically trying to free his son from his Nissan that went down an embankment near Interstate 5.
Fabiani was able to detach his son from the child safety seat after breaking a window, but the boy dropped about
8-10 feet to the ground. Witnesses did not see Fabiani flee, but he wasn’t there when police and medical help arrived.
His attorney, Hector Tamayo, argued to San Diego Superior Court Judge Amalia Meza that “this is a tragedy” and urged her to dismiss the child endangerment charge. Deputy District Attorney Marisa Di Tillio argued Fabilio was negligent and was aware that police and paramedics were coming who might have saved the boy.
Meza ruled there was enough evidence for trial on both charges and a trial date will be set on Oct. 1. Fabiani remains free on $500,000 bond. He is on probation for a misdemeanor DUI conviction in 2011. If convicted, he could be sentenced to seven years in prison.
— Neal Putnam
Motorcyclist seriously hurt in collision with car
A motorcyclist suffered an open fracture to his leg and was whisked to a trauma center after another driver pulled out in front of him before the vehicles crashed.
According to traffic investigators, a woman driving a Nissan Sentra turned left in front of the Harley Davidson motorcycle at the intersection of Camino Del Rio West and Moore Street shortly after
5 p.m. on Sept. 13.
The woman was not injured and alcohol is not suspected to have been a factor. The case remains under investigation.
Midway 7-Eleven stores robber gets 25 years
A 25-year prison sentence was handed down Sept. 10 for Alex Sanchez, 24, who pleaded guilty to robbing two
7-Eleven stores on Midway Drive, another in Torrey Pines, as well as 12 other stores.
San Diego Superior Court Judge Eugenia Eyherabide imposed 20 years for Sanchez discharging a firearm in the series’ second robbery of a 7-Eleven store at 4091 Genesee Ave. on Aug. 4, 2012. Deputy District Attorney Martin Doyle said Sanchez shot into a wall, but no one was injured.
A second man, Luis Alonso Cruz, 25, also pleaded guilty to all counts and will be sentenced Nov. 22 by Eyherabide. He faces a prison term ranging from 30 to 70 years, said Doyle. Cruz has a prior record of burglary in 2010.
The Peninsula-area 7-Eleven stores were located at 2387 and 3185 Midway Drive.
— Neal Putnam
Annual OB Fishing Derby returns Sept. 28
The Ocean Beach Pier will once again be the site of the annual OB Fishing Derby, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Ocean Beach.
Local children will cast lines from the pier on Saturday, Sept. 28 to fish and win prizes during the free event for children and families.
There will be free punch, popcorn, and prizes for children (up to age 12) who catch a fish between 8 and 11 a.m.
Families are encouraged to fish together, but in order to be eligible for a prize, the fish must actually be landed by the child. Participants must bring their own fishing gear (pole, tackle, etc.). Bait will be provided courtesy of the Ocean Beach Pier Bait and Tackle shop. No fishing license is required.
Registration is free in front of the bait shop. Prizes will be awarded beginning at 11 a.m. for the child who catches the most fish, as well as prizes for the biggest, smallest and “ugliest or most unusual” fish.
The Kiwanis Club of Ocean Beach, which contributed to the building of the pier back in the 1950s, has been holding this children’s fishing derby for decades.
For more information, visit www.oceanbeachkiwanis.org.
Coastal Cleanup Day slated for Sept. 21
I Love A Clean San Diego will launch its 29th annual Coastal Cleanup Day on Sept. 21. The event is expected to draw about 8,000 volunteers to more than 100 sites across San Diego County, including inland and beach community locations.
Inland trash is not just an eyesore, according to environmental advocates. An estimated 80 percent of all trash that ends up in the ocean originates from inland sites.
For details and a full list of cleanup sites, visit www.cleanupday.org.
Summer 2014 lifeguard tryouts slated
Candidates eager to become city lifeguards for the summer of 2014 will have two more opportunities to test their mettle over the coming months.
Lifeguard candidates will gather at 9 a.m. at Ventura Cove on Mission Bay next to the Bahia Hotel to prove they can swim 500 meters in 10 minutes or less before moving on to a round of interviews. Tryouts are scheduled for Oct. 3-5. One final set of tryouts is slated for Jan. 2-4, 2014.
Lifeguard candidates must bring a valid identification card with a photo and must be a U.S. citizen or have the right to work in the U.S. at the time of application. Candidates must be 18 years old by June 6, 2014. A parent must accompany candidates who are between 17 and 18 at the time of application to sign a city waiver form.
Successful candidates will be paid to attend the Miramar Lifeguard Academy after passing a comprehensive medical examination and fingerprint check.
To apply, candidates must visit www.sandiego.gov/empopp/ and create an account, create an application and go to the “Open Job Opportunies” link for Lifeguard I — T10020. Applicants will receive notice of application approval and schedule a swim test date at least two weeks in advance of the testing period.
The closing date to apply is Dec. 13 at 5 p.m.
For more information, call (619) 221-8844, or visit www.sandiego.gov/lifeguards.