Motorist Ordered to Stand Trial in Deaths of Two

A San Marcos man has been ordered to stand trial next month for the deaths of a man and his daughter who were riding their tandem bicycle July 30 along Carlsbad Boulevard when they were struck from behind.

William J. Meiss, 51, who was described by a witness at a preliminary hearing on Friday as driving “like he was at the Carlsbad Raceway,” was ordered by Vista Municipal Judge Harley J. Earwicker to stand trial Oct. 23 in Superior Court.

Meiss is charged with vehicular manslaughter, drunken driving and felony hit-and-run in connection with the deaths of Jerry Flaming, 48, and his 17-year-old daughter, Brandi Flaming.

The teen-ager died instantly, authorities said, and her father died eight days after the collision.


At Friday’s hearing, witness Curtis Glen Brown testified that he saw Meiss strike the cyclists from behind and drive off without stopping.