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Pasco woman gets year in jail for hit-and-run of boy

KENNEWICK -- A 51-year-old woman who said she's been "traumatized" since running over a young bicyclist told a judge she drove off because she thought the boy was not hurt.

Stacy Gay Lane of Pasco was sentenced to 13 months in prison for the June 6 crash involving a 12-year-old boy.

Lane said she pleaded guilty four months ago in Benton County Superior Court to hit-and-run with injury because "I do want to get this over."

But she also argued there were mitigating circumstances, "except where there's the part I didn't turn around."

She accused her lawyer, Larry Zeigler, of working too close with prosecutors and claimed he told her to keep her "mouth shut and not say what happened."

Then, minutes later, Lane choked up while telling Judge Craig Matheson that she's remorseful for the hit-and-run.

"If I had it to do over again, I would have stopped," she said. "I have no plans to ever drive again because it has really affected me."

Lane has criminal convictions for two counts of possessing a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance.

Matheson was handed a letter by Lane and acknowledged that she has health issues. But after looking at Lane's driving record, he said she has "a history of relentlessly driving without a license. You're lucky you didn't kill somebody."

According to court documents, Lane was driving an Oldsmobile Alero when she ran a red light at Clearwater Avenue and Yost Street in Kennewick. She hit Adrian Torres, who was riding his bicycle in the crosswalk with the "walk" signal, documents said.

Torres was knocked off his bike and suffered bruises to his knee. His bike was broken.

When Lane drove away, another motorist followed to get her license plate and passed it on to emergency dispatchers. Another witness reportedly saw the Oldsmobile stop in a nearby parking lot so a male passenger could get out and look at the bumper.

Kennewick officers tracked down Lane, who admitted "nipping" the bike with her car, court documents said.

"She stated that she did not stop because the child got up so she did not think he was injured," the documents said.

Lane had a suspended driver's license and five warrants for her arrest.

In court, Lane again tried to explain that she drove away when she saw the boy "jumped off the bike."

But Matheson said that wasn't good enough because there was "a young boy who deserves your attention."

"True, but I knew he wasn't hurt," Lane responded.

However, the mother of the Kennewick boy wrote a letter to the judge saying that in addition to a bruised right knee, Torres suffered "a head injury that has resulted in frequent headaches."

Norma Cuevas said aside from the formal medical treatment her son has already received, he must wait about eight months from the time of the injury for a specialist's evaluation to see the extent of a potential long-term condition.

"He has fears and nightmares of crossing the street. His bicycle was ruined and, of course, we replaced it at our expense for him," Cuevas wrote.

She said she hopes Lane doesn't drive again without a license.

"What she did to hit my son with a car and take off without seeing to his safety and well-being was wrong and very sad," Cuevas added. "Where was her compassion and respect for my son's life?"

Lane also must pay $350 in restitution to Torres.

* Kristin M. Kraemer: 509-582-1531; kkraemer@tricityherald.com

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