Forks man gets 90-day sentence in hit and run fatality

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Garrid Larson of Forks was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in jail as a first-time offender after being found guilty of hit-and-run fatality accident.

Larson, 20, was convicted earlier this month after the death of 25-year-old Aamanda LaGambina.

Prosecutors said Larson hit LaGambina with his pickup truck on Calawah Way in Forks on a rainy night in March 2013, then panicked and left the scene.

LaGambina was the mother of a 6-year-old girl.

Clallam County Chief Criminal Deputy John Troberg requested 36 months in a standard range of 31 to 41 months at the sentencing hearing.

Clallam County Superior Court Judge George L. Wood imposed a first-time offender option, according to the minutes of the sentencing hearing.

Larson will receive credit for time served.

According to State Patrol reports, LaGambina was walking in the eastbound lane of Calawah Way in Forks at about 9 p.m. March 11, 2013, when the truck hit her with enough force to leave the impression of her face and body in the hood of the truck and throw her more than 170 feet down the roadway.

Larson did not stop, Troberg has said, but later called a Forks police officer's personal cellphone to report the accident.

LaGambina's body was discovered later that evening by a high school student driving home.

Larson told the jury during the 2-day trial that he thought he had hit an elk.

The jury rendered its guilty verdict July 2.

Wood on Tuesday set a July 31 court hearing to enter the judgement and sentence.

The hearing is set for 9 a.m.

Larson may be allowed to complete his sentence on Forks jail work release, Troberg said.

Last modified: July 23. 2014 7:21PM
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