Mason County News
Shelton Man Gets Nearly 8 Years in Olympia Pedestrian Death
A 19-year-old Shelton man has been sentenced to nearly eight years in prison for striking and killing a pedestrian in downtown Olympia last year.
Last month, Jared Dishon pleaded guilty to vehicular assault and vehicular homicide, both with DUI enhancements, for striking two pedestrians in a crosswalk at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Columbia Street on April 21, 2016. One of the pedestrians, 61-year-old Maria Hoaglund, died from her injuries while the other was severly injured.
Thurston County Superior Court Judge Erik Price sentenced Dishon to 95 months (7 years and 11 months) which was a joint recommendation from Prosecutors and Dishon’s attoney.
The Olympian Newspaper says Olympia police responded to the intersection about 6:30 PM to find a Ford F250 parked mid-turn in the northernmost lane of Fourth Avenue and a man and a woman lying unresponsive in the street. According to court documents, four people said they were in the truck, and Dishon identified himself as the driver.
Dishon reportedly told officers that he didn’t see the couple crossing the street while turning left onto Columbia Street. He said that when he hit them, he put on his brakes and then backed over them. Investigators determined that Dishon had been driving under the influence of marijuana and Suboxone which is used to treat opoid addiction.