UPDATE: A funeral Mass for Jamul tribal Chairman William C. “Bill” Mesa and his daughter-in-law, Crystal Roberts-Mesa, is scheduled at 3 p.m. Friday at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 14107 Lyons Valley Road, Jamul.
A second memorial service for Roberts-Mesa is scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday at Christ Unity Church, 311 Highland Ave., El Cajon.
Alcohol is suspected in the crash that killed the chairman of a local Indian tribe and his daughter-in-law Saturday afternoon, a California Highway Patrol officer said Sunday.
William C. “Bill” Mesa, 57, lost control of his motorcycle on Lyons Valley Road a quarter-mile east of Skyline Truck Trail and hit a power pole, said CHP Officer Rob Sanchez. Crystal Roberts-Mesa, 29, also was killed in the crash, said an investigator with the Medical Examiner's Office.
Mesa was elected chairman of the Jamul Indian Village a year ago and was on the forefront of the small tribe's efforts to build a casino on its six-acre reservation. RELATED STORY HERE