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Man pleads guilty to hit-and-run crash in Encinitas

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Posted at 3:57 PM, Jan 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-31 18:57:53-05

VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - The man charged with a hit and run crash that seriously injured an Encinitas mother entered a surprise guilty plea Wednesday in North County, according to the San Diego County District Attorney's office.

Prosecutors said Justin Parker was driving the white truck that hit Ashley Mullins Lane on Encinitas Blvd. on Sept. 22. Witnesses said Parker got out of his truck, spoke to them, but left the scene. 

Deputies identified Parker, 38, as the suspect and found his F-150 at a custom auto shop in Riverside. Parker later turned himself in to deputies. 

Parker originally pleaded not guilty and was scheduled for a hearing Wednesday.

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Lane suffered severe injuries and bone fractures that led to multiple strokes and partial paralysis, her parents said. They told 10News she has mobility issues on her left side and is left-handed.

Lane has two young children. A GoFundMe account established for the family raised more than $44,000 of its $50,000 goal.