A 22-year-old woman involved in a hit-and-run crash in Irvine pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor of engaging in a speed contest and was ordered to perform 30 hours of community service.
Jennifer Olmosgonzalez was also placed on three years of informal probation.
Her friend, Christopher Cabrera, 22, is facing a charge of hit-and-run with injury, a felony, as well as misdemeanor counts of engaging in a prohibited speed contest, hit-and-run with property damage and driving without a valid driver’s license.
Cabrera pleaded not guilty in October to the charges at his arraignment in the jail courtroom in Santa Ana and was ordered held on $100,000 bail, according to court records.
Authorities said the defendants are work friends who allegedly took part in the race during their lunch break Oct. 7.
Cabrera was driving a Cadillac CTS and Olmosgonzalez a 2019 Dodge Challenger on San Canyon Avenue, Deputy District Attorney Dan Hess said. The pair were allegedly traveling at about 80 to 90 mph when Olmosgonzalez’s fishtailed and rear-ended a Volvo at Laguna Canyon Road, Hess said.
The Volvo’s driver escaped injury but a passenger in the Challenger sustained some abdominal bruises, Hess said. Olmosgonzalez was also treated at the scene.
Cabrera has a prior conviction for kidnapping in a domestic violence case, according to court records. He pleaded guilty Nov. 13, 2018, to a felony count of kidnapping and was sentenced to 248 days in jail, but he had to serve another 90 days in jail due to a probation violation in July, according to court records.