Man accused of running over wife to be arraigned

CHULA VISTA (CNS) – A man accused of killing his estranged wife by intentionally running her down with his pickup truck in Chula Vista last week is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday at the South Bay Courthouse.

Cesar Vallejo Castillo, 37, is accused of repeatedly running over his 37-year-old wife, Leonor, with his 1998 Chevrolet Silverado in the 1100 block of Elm Avenue in Chula Vista shortly before 7 p.m. Friday. She died at the scene.

Witnesses said the driver who struck Leonor turned around after the initial strike and hit her again, according to U-T San Diego, which also reported that divorce papers to dissolve the couple’s marriage were filed in April 2013.

Investigators believe Cesar Castillo, a maintenance man who worked in the Mission Bay area, fled to Mexico following his wife’s death. He turned himself in to authorities Monday afternoon at the San Ysidro Port of Entry and was booked into San Diego Central Jail Monday night. Jail records show he is being held without bail.

A donation fund was set up to help the couple’s three young daughters. At the time of their mother’s death, the children, ages 10, 8 and 3, were waiting at their grandparents’ home for her to return so they could decorate their Christmas tree together, CVPD Lt. Fritz Reber said.

The victim served as vice president of the Parent Teachers Association at Palomar Elementary, where her two oldest girls attend school.

“We are saddened by the loss of life,” said Principal Erika Taylor in a letter to the school’s parents. “Leonor was a great volunteer at our school, mother of three young daughters, and consistent supporter of education. We understand the shock and sadness about her death.”

The family has received a number of contributions from members of the public concerned about the girls’ welfare, the lieutenant said.

Anyone wishing to help can do so online at gofundme.com/i0u0a4.

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