Woman pleads guilty in crash that injured pedestrian

Aminda Paez-Diaz pleaded guilty to vehicular assault in connection with a crash in October.

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WALLA WALLA -- The driver of a pickup that struck a woman pedestrian at Fifth Avenue and Alder Street in October pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Aminda Paez-Diaz, 23, who now lives in Spokane, entered the guilty plea to the charge of vehicular assault.

She faces a standard-range jail term of three to nine months when she's sentenced later. The prosecution is recommending the low end of that range to be served on electronic home monitoring or on the Department of Corrections work crew.

Police said Paez-Diaz was heading south on Fifth and turning east onto Alder about 8 a.m. Oct. 6 when the vehicle struck Hazel Olson.

Olson, 52, was walking across Alder in the crosswalk at the time, according to officials.

Paez-Diaz drove off, told a family member what happened, then went to the police station about 40 minutes later to file a report, authorities said.

Olson suffered a broken right leg, scalp laceration and multiple scrapes and bruises. She was taken to Providence St. Mary Medical Center for treatment.

Paez-Diaz initially was charged with hit-and-run -- injury accident. But by pleading guilty to the amended vehicular assault charge, Paez-Diaz will be required to make restitution payments to the victim, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney April King said in an interview.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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