Walla Walla man who hit pedestrian sentenced to jail time

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WALLA WALLA - A man who drove into a pedestrian near Second Avenue and Tietan street in March was sentenced Monday afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

David Marquez, 19, of 1115 W. Pine St., was ordered to serve a total of 120 days, or four months, which is the low end of the four- to 12-month standard-range term he faced.

Judge John Lohrmann is requiring Marquez to serve 52 days of partial confinement in the County Jail for work release, but will allow him to serve 30 days on the Department of Corrections work crew and an additional 30 days performing other community service.

Marquez was given credit for eight days he served in jail before bail was posted.

Lohrmann also placed Marquez on a year of community custoday, a form of probation.

Marquez pleaded guilty June 28 to third-degree assault, a felony, and to driving while under the influence, a gross misdemeanor.

Officials said he was driving a Toyota Celica when he struck Johana Castillo in the 1400 block of South Second at about 2:20 a.m. March 21. Castillo reportedly suffered serious injuries when she was thrown over the vehicle and landed on her head.

Marquez drove away, but was stopped by a patrol officer at Division and Washington streets and later was arrested.

Police said apparently an altercation had occurred earlier in the area near Second and Tietan. Marquez reportedly told officials he had received a call from a friend saying there was going to be a fight and wanted his help.

Marquez claimed there were about 10-14 people in the area when he and two friends arrived in the vehicle. He said a woman took a stance in front of his vehicle as if she wanted to fight, he didn't have time to stop, ran into the woman at a speed of about 25 mph and left because he was afraid.

Castillo, of North Wilbur Avenue, was taken to Providence St. Mary Medical Center for treatment. Police said Marquez smelled of alcohol, so blood was drawn from him at the hospital for testing.

He initially was charged with two felonies, vehicular assault and hit-and-run - injury, but the prosecution agreed to reduce the case in exchange for his guilty pleas.

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