Witnesses: we spoke with the man who left an Encinitas mother for dead

Posted at 11:20 PM, Sep 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-27 02:34:23-04

ENCINITAS, Calif. (KGTV) – A couple hopes what they saw Friday night can help catch the hit and run driver that left a mother of two in a medically induced coma.

Isaac de la Fuente and his wife Jeanette Serbas were on their way to dinner. They were on Encinitas Boulevard near Vulcan Avenue driving behind a white pickup truck.  

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The truck seemingly swerved, and then they saw a woman on the lying on the road. De la Fuente went over to see if she was okay, while his wife called 911.

“She had blood coming from her mouth, and you could tell she had some road rash,” de la Fuente said.  

The woman was Ashley Lane.  Her father told 10News she was walking from the store to the coaster. She was using the crosswalk when she was hit.

“She grabbed my leg, looked at me and said, ‘help’ and started to close her eyes so from there I just made sure she kept her eyes open,” Serbas said.

They said were about eight people that gathered around Lane, including the driver, according to de la Fuente and Serbas.

“Another guy walked up to us, and he looked a little bit frazzled,” de la Fuente recalled. “He asked something like, ‘what happened?’ or ‘is she okay?’ or something like that.  And I asked, ‘did you hit her?’ and he said, ‘yes.'”

The scene got chaotic, and the de la Fuente became distracted.

“I wasn’t thinking twice this guy was going to take off, next thing we know, we look up, he walked back to his truck, and he disappeared,” de la Fuente said. “It’s very disappointing on my part; I just didn’t think he was going to disappear, or else I would have paid more attention to what he looks like. I would have gotten a photo of him.”

He says he recalled the man being average height and looked to be in his 40s. He also said another person on the scene said he might have been bald.

They say he took off in a white, newer model F-150, with a gray bottom trim.

Lane’s father also told 10News she was in between medial coverage at the time of the crash, so they’re not sure if the medical bills will be covered. 

A GoFundMe page set up for Ashlee Mullins Lane has raised $19,678 so far. To contribute, click here