Investigators announce arrest in Encinitas hit-and-run crash

Posted at 10:02 AM, Oct 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-06 22:49:28-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A driver was arrested in connection with a hit-and-run crash that seriously injured a mother of two in Encinitas, San Diego County sheriff's officials announced Friday.

On Sept. 22, just before 7:30 p.m., Ashlee Mullins Lane was walking to the Coaster after work when she was struck by a white Ford F-150 truck at the intersection of Encinitas Blvd. and Vulcan Ave., sheriff's officials said.

Sheriff's officials said the truck's driver got out of his truck, briefly spoke to witnesses who were helping Lane and then left the scene.

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According to sheriff's officials, Lane was hospitalized with serious injuries, including multiple bone fractures and a concussion. She has also suffered at least two strokes and has mobility issues with her left side, her father said.

Earlier this week, deputies recovered the truck at a Riverside auto body shop, according to Lane's father.

After compiling evidence and witness tips, sheriff's officials identified the driver as 38-year-old Justin Parker of Encinitas.

Sheriff's officials said: "A search warrant was served on Mr. Parker's residence in Encinitas. Numerous items of evidence were located at the residence. Deputies also located two large-capacity rifle magazines in his house. Another search warrant was served at a custom automotive shop in the city of Riverside. Mr. Parker's truck was located at the shop. Although the truck had already been repaired additional evidence was located."

Parker turned himself in Thursday night at the North Coastal Sheriff's Station, and he was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run with serious bodily injury and possession of a large-capacity magazine.

Bail for Parker was set at $250,000, but sheriff's officials said he bailed out of jail at 1 a.m. Friday.