A hit-and-run driver was arrested in north San Diego after the victim’s husband followed the suspect on his bike and was able to get a license plate number, officials said.
On Monday, just before 8 a.m., a white Nissan pickup truck driving at an unsafe speed hit and seriously injured a woman riding her bike on North Rancho Santa Fe Road at Calle Santa Catalina in Encinitas.
Deputies from the Encinitas Sheriff’s Station said the driver of the Nissan – later identified as Alejandro Uriostegui, 36 – was turning on Calle Santa Catalina and swerved to avoid a rear-end collision with another car.
As Uriostegui swerved, his truck hit a 57-year-old bicyclist riding southbound in the bicycle lane. Her husband was riding his bike near her and witnessed the collision.
Deputies said Uriostegui drove up on the curb after striking the victim and then took off. The victim’s husband quickly followed the vehicle on his bike and was able to get the license plate number.
He reported it to investigators who were then able to trace the plates to Uriostegui’s address in Fallbrook. Less than 12 hours after the incident, Uriostegui was arrested for felony hit-and-run.
He was booked into the Vista Detention Facility and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.
Meanwhile, officials said the hit-and-run victim suffered unspecified but serious injuries and remained hospitalized as of Tuesday afternoon. Her name was not released.