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Man wanted in Encinitas hit-and-run surrenders to deputies

ENCINITAS, Calif. -- An Encinitas man faces a hit-and-run charge for allegedly fleeing the scene of a traffic crash that badly injured a mother of three last month near Moonlight Beach, authorities said Friday.

Justin Walt Parker, 38, turned himself in Thursday evening in connection with the Sept. 22 crash, which left 33-year-old Ashley Lane with a concussion and broken bones and caused her to suffer three strokes, according to sheriff's officials.

Lane was crossing the street in the 100 block of Encinitas Boulevard when she was struck by a westbound white Ford F-150 pickup truck shortly before 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22, Capt. John Maryon said.

According to witnesses, the driver stopped, got out of his vehicle and told bystanders the victim appeared to be all right, then got back behind the wheel of his truck and drove off.

Medics took Lane to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla with serious head, spine, pelvic and limb injuries. She remains hospitalized.

With "overwhelming help'' from the public, deputies were able to identify Parker as the suspected hit-and-run motorist, Maryon said.

Investigators tracked down Parker's truck at a custom automotive shop in Riverside. By then, the damage it allegedly had sustained in the crash had been repaired, the captain said.

Following his surrender to sheriff's officials, Parker, an Encinitas resident, was booked into county jail. He soon posted bail of $250,000 and was released on his own recognizance at about 1 a.m.