Trial set in hit-and-run with pedestrian

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WALLA WALLA - A pickup driver who allegedly left the scene after the vehicle struck a woman pedestrian at Fifth Avenue and Alder Street in October is scheduled to stand trial April 20 in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

The trial date for Aminda Paez-Diaz, 23, who now lives in Spokane, was set Monday. She previously pleaded innocent to the felony charge of hit-and-run - injury accident.

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 allegedly drove off, told a family member what happened, then went to the police station about 40 minutes later to file a report.

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

If convicted, Paez-Diaz faces a standard-range jail term of three to nine months.

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