El Cajon Hit-and-Run
El Cajon police are looking for this blue Honda Fit that fled after hitting a boy riding a bicycle to school. Photo courtesy of the El Cajon Police Department

A motorist who struck and seriously injured a 9-year-old bicyclist in El Cajon, then fled the scene, pleaded guilty Wednesday to several felony and misdemeanor counts, including hit-and-run causing injury.

Courtney Webber, 25, is slated to be sentenced next month for running a red light and striking the boy last Oct. 4 near West Main Street and Sunshine Avenue, then driving off.

East County Magazine reported at the time that one of its photographer, Robert Gehr, was walking home from the post office between 7:30 and 8 a.m. when he saw the boy ride past him, press a button and wait for the green light, then ride across the intersection. He witnessed the vehicle strike the child.

“I saw a glimpse of a car speeding at probably about 40. It blew through the red light and did not stop, then kept going eastbound on Main toward Magnolia,” he told ECM.

“I ran up to him. He was barely moving. I told him to stay still and put my hand on his back and started to give him words of comfort. His breathing was shallow; he was gasping for breath.”

Officers took the youngster to a hospital, where he was admitted for treatment of significant head trauma.

According to witness accounts, the eastbound motorist, later identified as Webber, apparently ran a red light and drove directly into the path of the child as he pedaled to the north, Lt. Stephen Kirk said.

Investigators located Webber’s blue Honda Fit later that evening at her Lakeside residence and took her into custody after finding her hiding under a bed, Kirk said.

Updated at 12:55 p.m. March 28, 2019

— City News Service