WALLA WALLA -- A woman who allegedly was driving a vehicle that struck a man at a bus shelter last month now is formally accused of fatally injuring him.
An initial charge of vehicular assault against Marsha-Gaye M. Hogg, 33, of 1114 S.E. Scenic View Drive, College Place, was amended at a Superior Court hearing Monday afternoon to the more-serious charge of vehicular homicide. The crash victim, Timothy Wood, 51, of Portland, suffered critical injuries Aug. 29 and died at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on Sept. 14, officials said.
Hogg, who allegedly left the scene of the wreck, also faces charges of hit-and-run -- fatality, and two counts of hit-and-run -- property damage.
She pleaded innocent Monday to the charges. Her trial already had been scheduled for Nov. 29. If convicted as charged, Hogg would face time in a state prison.
Officials said Hogg ran into the Valley Transit shelter in the 1100 block of West Rose Street about 12:15 a.m. Aug. 29, striking Wood who was in or near it. She then allegedly took off in the damaged vehicle westbound, leaving marks on the roadway that led officers to the vehicle parked in her garage a short time later.
Hogg was located at the residence and admitted she struck the shelter when the vehicle went out of control, according to a police report filed in court. Her 11-year-old son was in the vehicle at the time, officials said. Neither Hogg nor her son was injured.
The police report says she told a detective she had had a few drinks earlier and he could smell intoxicants when interviewing her. Blood was drawn from her at Providence St. Mary Medical Center for analysis.
Hogg was arrested and booked into the County Jail, but was released two days later on bail.
Wood, of Portland, was transported to Harborview after initial treatment at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla.
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