Oakland Police Department

Suspect In Near Fatal Hit-And-Run Was On Probation For DUI

Tim Ryan
January 28, 2019 - 8:58 am
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The suspect accused of nearly killing a 14-year-old boy in a hit and run in Oakland was on probation for a DUI conviction in Sonoma. 

Leah Conner, 36, was arrested on Saturday and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, reckless driving with serious injury and leaving the scene of an incident. 

Conner struck Carlos Prieto as he rode his bicycle and dragged him for four blocks near the Fruitvale BART station on January 2, authorities said.

A witness posted a video to social media that showed a woman and man looking at Prieto moan for help before getting back into their car and driving away. 

"They have no regard for human life, especially a young child. That's heinous," said Prieto's grandfather Carlos Prieto Sr. to KPIX-5 at a fundraiser for the teen on Sunday. "I hope she gets what's coming to her." 

The collision fractured more 30 bones in Prieto's body. He's undergone multiple surgeries to remove the lobe of his left lung and to have his right ear reattached, according to his family. Being dragged across the street left him with severe road rash and he is susceptible to infection, according to a GoFundMe page that seeks to raise $100,000 for his treatment. 

Conner is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday. She was convicted in October of causing injury while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and evading an officer in Sonoma County, the East Bay Times reported. 

Police have previously arrested a suspect they say was Conner's passenger during the hit and run, but have not identified that person.