A 51-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday and was sentenced to four years in prison for a hit-and-run collision in Laguna Niguel that left a woman battling for her life in a hospital.
Philip Dale Roebuck pleaded guilty to two counts of felony hit and run with permanent and serious injury at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach. He was given credit for 524 days in jail.
The 26-year-old woman injured in the July 9 collision was hospitalized in critical condition, said Sgt. Scott Steinle of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies were dispatched at about 1:30 a.m. that day to Crown Valley Parkway and Golden Lantern in Laguna Niguel. The victim, who was jaywalking, was struck by a vehicle speeding west on Crown Valley, Steinle said.
The driver never stopped, and investigators later determined the victim was struck by a dark-colored 2014-18 Subaru, Steinle said. With help from surveillance video, investigators narrowed it down to a Subaru Forester and attempted to contact the owner, but Roebuck had fled to a secondary residence in Henderson, Nevada, Steinle said.
Investigators located the vehicle in Nevada and arrested Roebuck when he returned to Orange County, Steinle said.