Crime

Driver sentenced to 4 years in prison for striking, killing pedestrian on SR 7

A man was sentenced Friday to four years in prison for hitting and killing a Spanaway woman as she crossed state Route 7 in March.

Renemichael Navarro, 26, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide by reckless manner and DUI in the March 14 death of Jade Aubrey-Peterson, 25.

He received a higher sentence than the standard range because he has a prior DUI conviction.

Navarro, who was distraught at the scene after striking Aubrey-Peterson with his pickup truck, again was emotional Friday in Pierce County Superior Court.

He was remorseful and apologetic, saying he hoped that one day Aubrey-Peterson’s family might be able to forgive him.

The accident happened just before 10 p.m. March 14 in the northbound lanes of state Route 7/Mountain Highway near 211th Street Court East.

Washington State Patrol troopers said Aubrey-Peterson was crossing the road in the dark when she was hit.

Navarro had been drinking before the crash but was not speeding and was traveling in his own lane, court documents indicate.

“If Mr. Navarro was sober while driving, he wouldn’t have gotten charged with anything,” deputy prosecutor Tim Jones said.

Investigators who re-enacted the scene determined it would have been difficult for any driver to see a pedestrian cross in that area, especially on a dark, foggy night.

Aubrey-Peterson was not carrying identification at the time she was hit. That led to some confusion after her death and the Medican Examiner’s Office mistakenly identified her as another woman.

The mix-up was discovered three days later when the mother who came to identify her daughter realized the dead woman was not her.

Aubrey-Peterson’s mother addressed the court Friday, saying she misses her daughter very much.

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