Accused Laguna Niguel Hit-and-Run Driver to be Arraigned

LAGUNA NIGUEL (CNS) – A 51-year-old man is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on a hit-and-run collision that has left a woman battling for her life in a hospital, authorities said Wednesday.

Philip Dale Roebuck, who was arrested Tuesday in Newport Beach, was being held on $350,000 bail, according to jail records. Roebuck, who is charged with a felony count of hit and run with permanent and serious injury, was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in the jail courtroom in Santa Ana.

The 26-year-old woman injured in the July 9 collision remained hospitalized Wednesday and was in critical condition, said Sgt. Scott Steinle of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies were dispatched at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday regarding the collision at Crown Valley Parkway and Golden Lantern in Laguna Niguel. The victim, who was jaywalking, was struck by a vehicle speeding west on Crown Valley, Steinle said.

The driver never stopped, and investigators later determined the victim was struck by a dark-colored 2014-18 Subaru, Steinle said. With help from surveillance video, investigators narrowed it down to a Subaru Forester and attempted to contact the owner, but Roebuck had fled to a secondary residence in Henderson, Nevada, Steinle alleged.

Investigators located the vehicle involved in the collision in Nevada and arrested Roebuck when he returned to Orange County, Steinle said.

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