Driver in fatal hit-and-run crash pleads guilty

A sentencing date has not yet been set for Marsha-Gaye M. Hogg of College Place.

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WALLA WALLA -- A driver who struck and fatally injured a man at a bus shelter last year has pleaded guilty to two of four charges against her.

Marsha-Gaye M. Hogg, 34, of 114 S.E. Scenic View Drive, College Place, entered the plea Friday. She had been scheduled to go to trial today.

Hogg agreed to plead guilty to one count of vehicular homicide and one count of hit-and-run involving a fatality. Two counts of hit-and-run involving property damage will be dismissed.

After accepting Hogg's plea, Superior Court Judge Donald Schacht ordered a pre-sentencing report prepared. No date for sentencing has been set.

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 Timothy Wood who was in the shelter or near it. The 51-year old Wood suffered critical injuries and died Sept. 14 at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

After the collision, Hogg drove off in the damaged vehicle, leaving marks on the roadway that led officers to her residence a short time later. She told officers that she struck the shelter when the vehicle went out of control. Neither she nor her 11-year old son, who was in the vehicle at the time, were injured.

According to court records, Hogg faces a standard sentencing range of 21-27 months on the vehicular homicide charge and 41-54 months on the hit-and-run charge.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318. Check out his blog at blogs.ublabs.org/randomthoughts.

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