Pasco woman gets 4 days for backing into pedestrian

Kristin M. Kraemer, Tri-City HeraldJuly 29, 2013 

A Pasco woman was sentenced to four days in jail for knocking a pedestrian to the ground after backing up into her as the driver tried to get away.

Betty Ann Shatraw, 40, reportedly hit the victim while driving two suspects away after they were seen vandalizing a car with rocks and golf clubs.

She entered an Alford plea in June in Franklin County Superior Court for failure to stop and identify at the scene of an accident, reckless driving and fourth-degree assault, all gross misdemeanors.

The Alford plea means she denied committing the crime, but believed prosecutors had enough evidence to convict her and wanted to take advantage of their offer to resolve the case.

Her sentence includes 360 days suspended, which can be imposed if she violates any conditions while on probation for 24 months. She was given credit for already serving three days in the county jail.

According to court documents, victim Amanda Lynn Perez-Leon was walking through a parking lot at Pasco's Silver Creek Apartments on May 12, 2011, when she noticed two men damaging a friend's vehicle with rocks and golf clubs. After yelling at them across the lot, the men jumped in a black Hummer that was parked near the victim's friend's vehicle.

The driver put the Hummer in reverse and backed up about 20 to 30 feet at a high rate of speed toward a group of four or five people, documents said. Everyone was able to get out of the way except for Perez-Leon, who was hit by the Hummer and thrown about 10 feet.

The SUV then sped out of the 9315 Chapel Hill Blvd. lot. Witnesses, who called police at 11:19 a.m., said they believed the Hummer backed up in a deliberate attempt to hit the group.

Officers found a small amount of broken glass near where Perez-Leon was struck. She had several cuts and bruises consistent with being knocked down, and her torn sandal was in the middle of the parking lot, court documents said.

The next day, Officer Sean Granger learned that a colleague had found the Hummer that night at a Malaga Drive home. Granger went to the home to talk to its owner on May 13, 2011.

Granger, in court documents, said he hadn't yet asked Shatraw any questions when she "made a spontaneous statement that she wanted to talk to me because she heard there was a problem with her Hummer, and she was driving it the previous day."

Shatraw opened the garage door and Granger saw a black Hummer with a shattered right rear window and damage to the vehicle's right rear corner, documents said.

In an interview with police, Shatraw reportedly admitted to driving the Hummer at the apartment complex, backing up during the disturbance and speeding out of the lot. However, she denied striking anybody, documents said.

Shatraw has been ordered to have no contact with the victim, Perez-Leon, and lost her license as a result of the conviction.

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