SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A motorist who caused a collision that sent a truck off a freeway overpass and into a Mission Valley restaurant below, seriously injuring the other driver, pleaded guilty Monday to felony hit-and-run and a misdemeanor count of driving without a license.
Jose Carlos Uribe, 21, faces up to three years in prison when he is sentenced April 13.
Uribe was on probation for false imprisonment and concealing evidence at the time of the accident last Sept. 21.
Motorists saw Uribe's car swerving before he hit the right rear of a Ford F250 truck driven by Kenneth Fruedenvoll, according to Deputy District Attorney Jalyn Wang.
The accident happened about 3 p.m. as the vehicles were transitioning from westbound Interstate 8 to northbound Interstate 805. Fruedenvoll's truck slammed through a guardrail and into Dave & Buster's restaurant 50 feet below before landing upright in a parking lot.
Uribe fled, but a passenger in his SUV came forward, and the defendant was arrested the next day.
The defendant admitted that he was involved in the collision and left the scene because he was unlicensed, Wang said.
Fruedenvoll -- who was in the Navy -- suffered three crushed vertebrae and a fractured vertebrae.
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