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Man pleads guilty to Olivehain hit-and-run

A Fallbrook man pleaded guilty today to a felony hit-and-run charge stemming from a crash that seriously injured a bicyclist on an Olivenhain-area road.

Alejandro Alvarez Uriostegui, 36, is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 16.

Uriostegui was heading south on North Rancho Santa Fe Road at high speed shortly before 8 a.m. on Aug. 5 when he swerved to avoid a vehicle whose driver had stopped to make a left turn at Calle Santa Catalina, sheriff’s Sgt. Joe Tomaiko said.

Uriostegui’s Nissan pickup truck hit a 57-year-old woman bicycling in a southbound bike lane, after which he steered over a curb and drove off to the south, then east into Rancho Santa Fe, Tomaiko said.

The victim’s husband, who had been riding along with her, was able to follow the vehicle long enough to get the license plate number, which he reported to deputies.

Medics took the victim to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla for treatment of severe injuries, Tomaiko said.

Encinitas traffic-unit Deputy Brenda Sipley contacted Uriostegui at his home about 7 p.m. that same day and took him into custody.


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