A man suspected of the felony hit-and-run of a 26-year-old woman in Laguna Niguel was arrested about two weeks after the incident.
The suspect, 51-year-old Phillip Roebuck of Laguna Niguel, allegedly fled to Henderson, Nevada a short time after the incident. He then left his vehicle in Nevada and returned to California before being arrested.
The hit-and-run occurred around 1:30 AM on Saturday, July 9th. Responding officers arrived to find the victim, a 26-year-old woman, in the roadway of Crown Valley Parkway, clearly suffering from traumatic injuries. At the time of the collision, she had been crossing the road outside of the crosswalk near the intersection of Crown Valley Parkway and Golden Lantern, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Roebuck was speeding westbound down Crown Valley Parkway at the same time and struck the woman, then fled the scene.
“The woman was transported to the hospital where she was treated for serious injuries, but she is expected to survive,” said police.
Evidence from the scene and local Flock cameras helped deputies to identify the suspect vehicle as a dark-colored 2014-2018 Subaru Forester. They attempted to contact Roebuck, the registered owner, and later discovered he had fled to Nevada.
Roebuck was arrested on July 26th in Newport Beach. “The investigation into this incident is ongoing,” said police.