Portland man struck near Walla Walla bus shelter dies

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WALLA WALLA - A Portland man struck by a vehicle last month as he stood near or inside a Rose Street bus shelter has died, and more-serious charges are expected to be filed against the driver, officials say.

Timothy R. Wood, 51, died Tuesday at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center a little more than two weeks after the Aug. 29 hit-and-run crash, Walla Walla Police Sgt. Matt Wood said.

Prosecuting attorney Jim Nagle said this morning he plans to move to amend the original charges against the driver, College Place resident Marsha-Gaye M. Hogg.

Nagle said he will move to change a vehicular assault charge to vehicular homicide and a hit-and-run - injury charge to hit-and-run - death.

Hogg, 33, of 1114 S.E. Scenic View Drive, had been scheduled for a Nov. 29 trial earlier this week. She pleaded innocent Monday to charges that also included two counts of hit-and-run.

According to officials, Hogg's vehicle smashed into the Valley Transit shelter in the 1100 block of West Rose Street around 12:15 a.m. Aug. 29. She had reportedly been eastbound when her vehicle crossed into the westbound lane and struck the shelter. Hogg alledgedly drove off westbound on Rose Street, leaving marks in the roadway. The marks led police officers to her vehicle, which was parked in her driveway when they approached her residence a short time later.

Hogg admitted to authorities that she struck the shelter when her vehicle went out of control crossing the train tracks, according to a police report filed in court. Her 11-year-old son had been in the vehicle at the time. Neither was injured in the crash.

According to authorities, Hogg also told a detective she had consumed a few drinks earlier. The detective reported the scent of intoxicants during the interview. Hogg's blood was drawn at Providence St. Mary Medical Center for analysis.

She was booked into the County Jail and released two days later on bail.

If convicted on the more severe charges, Hogg could serve time in prison.

Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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