Photo: Preston James Shea
A 19-year-old man from Anaheim was arrested after his reckless driving during a late night gathering resulted in the injury of a female bystander.
About 200 vehicles were gathered in the Anaheim Plaza parking lot, located in the 400th block of North Euclid Street, in the middle of the night on October 22, 2020. “Several were driving recklessly and doing ‘donuts,’” according to the press release from the Anaheim Police Department.
An 18-year-old woman was standing in the parking lot and observing the vehicles, when she was suddenly struck by one of them.
Officers responded to the scene at about 1:30 AM, finding the woman “laying unresponsive in the middle of the parking lot amongst the crowd.” The suspect who had hit the woman, Preston James Shea, had fled the scene, but he had given his contact information to a witness before leaving.
The woman was taken to a local hospital to receive treatment for her injuries, which were fortunately not life-threatening. She was reported to be in stable condition.
Officers located Shea and his vehicle in a residential area in Anaheim about two hours later. He was arrested without incident and booked at Anaheim Detention Facility for felony hit and run, felony reckless driving causing great bodily injury, and assault with a deadly weapon. Shea’s bail was set at $50,000.