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Woman gets 1 year in prison after deadly crash on I-5 last year

A 28-year-old Pierce County woman was sentenced to one year and a day in prison Thursday after she admitted to fatally hitting a man who'd been running from a traffic stop on Interstate 5 last year.

Brandy Marie Marty pleaded guilty in June to failure to remain at the scene of accident that resulted in death.

Prosecutors alleged she struck and killed 45-year-old Micahel Hallberg on I-5 in Fife on Nov. 19, 2009. Washington State Patrol troopers had stopped the vehicle Hallberg was riding in and arrested the driver on suspicion of DUI.

Hallberg took off running during the stop. He was struck in the northbound lanes by a Jeep Cherokee that didn't stop. An anonymous tipster identified Marty as the driver and she turned herself in to authorities.

The prosecutor and Marty's attorney agreed to recommend a sentence below the standard range of two years, seven months to three years, five months in prison. Pierce County Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper imposed the recommended sentence of one year, one day in prison during a hearing Thursday afternoon.

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