SANTA ANA – A woman pleaded guilty Friday to running over her boyfriend with a car and fleeing the scene as a neighbor in Orange used a jack to free the victim from under the vehicle.
The victim was riding away from Diana Rodriguez’s home on a bicycle on Dec. 17, 2020, when she ran over him with a car, police said.
The car went up on the sidewalk and became stuck on a curb, so it did not crush the victim, but he was pinned underneath, said Sgt. Phil McMullin of the Orange Police Department.
A neighbor who heard the man’s agonized cries, ran out and used a jack to free him before paramedics arrived and took him to a hospital, McMullin said.
The victim, whose thigh was scorched by a hot vehicle part, was “very fortunate” that he did not sustain more serious injuries, McMullin said.
Rodriguez ran away, but was caught a short distance later, McMullin said.
Rodriguez, 29, of Orange pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon and corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant, both felonies.
Rodriguez also admitted sentencing enhancements for causing great bodily injury in a domestic violence incident.
As part of her plea deal, a felony count of mayhem was dismissed along with three misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance.
Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 20.