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San Diego police arrest driver in Sorrento Valley 'donut' hit-and-run that injured woman

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Posted at 8:03 AM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-24 11:03:08-05

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Authorities announced an arrest in connection with a Sorrento Valley hit-and-run crash that seriously injured a 25-year-old woman.

The victim was watching an illegal stunt-driving contest involving intentional spinning skids, or "donuts," at the intersection of Carroll Canyon and Scranton roads at about 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 when one of the competing drivers lost control of his car, according to San Diego police.

The green 1991 Lexus careened off the roadway and struck the woman, after which the man behind the wheel drove off, Sgt. Victoria Houseman said.

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Paramedics took the victim to a trauma center for treatment of severe injuries. She has remained hospitalized, though her condition has been improving, Houseman said.

On Sunday, detectives tracked down the suspected fugitive driver -- identified as 23-year-old Liam Patrick O'Connor -- and his vehicle at a home in the 7000 block of Whipple Avenue in University City.

O'Connor was booked into county jail on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and reckless driving.