VISTA, Calif. -- A motorist whose compact car struck and killed an 18-year-old Carlsbad High School senior pleaded guilty Friday to felony hit-and-run causing injury or death.
Lisa Hutchinson, 45, faces up to a year in jail and probation when she is sentenced Jan. 20 at the Vista Courthouse. Investigators from the Carlsbad Police Department determined that she was not at fault in the student's death.
Hutchinson was driving her Toyota Corolla the night of March 5 when she hit Steven Kelley in the middle of the street as he tried to cross El Camino Real in Carlsbad, just south of Camino Vida Roble.
A second car struck the victim as well, but that driver stopped, according to police.
Police said Kelley and a friend had consumed a hallucinogenic tea made from wild jimson weed the night of the collision. According to toxicology reports, Kelley also had marijuana in his system.
Hutchinson, who lived in Carlsbad at the time, told investigators she noticed the damage to her car when she got home and tried later to return to the crash scene, but couldn't find one.
Police said Hutchinson called them March 6 when she read about Kelley's death in the newspaper.
POSTED: 2:36 pm PST December 17, 2010