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A New England Patriots fan who lives in Orange County spent Super Bowl Sunday in jail for an alleged hit-and-run that occurred in Laguna Niguel after last year’s Super Bowl.

Orange County sheriff’s deputies made a point of arresting 53-year-old Timothy Anthony Cronin at about 9 a.m. Sunday because they feared the Patriots fan might go out partying again and have another accident, Orange County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Sims said.

Cronin, who grew up in the Boston area and now resides in Laguna Niguel, is accused of running over Stephen Schenkenberger, who was riding his bicycle while crossing Niguel Road from Ridgeway at about 8:50 p.m. on Feb. 5, 2017. Schenkenberger is “still undergoing treatment and rehabilitation,” Sims said.

Based on interviews with people who encountered Cronin on Super Bowl Sunday last year, deputies suspect he was drunk when he hit the victim, Sims said.

Cronin posted $50,000 bail Sunday night after the game was over and was released from custody, according to jail records.

The Patriots won the big game in 2017, beating the Atlanta Falcons, 34- 28, but lost to the Philadelphia Eagles this year, 41-33.

–City News Service

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