Driver in deadly hit-and-run gets 75 months


by KGW Staff

Posted on November 5, 2012 at 11:01 AM

PORTLAND – The driver in the deadly Burnside hit-and-run last March changed her plea to guilty in court Monday and cried as she was sentenced to 75 months in prison.

All six defendants in a deadly Portland hit-and-run case that led to a multi-state search earlier this year were expected to change their pleas to guilty in a court hearing Monday morning.

Ashley Chavez and her five co-defendants have been charged for crimes associated with the death of 63-year-old Nancy Schoeffler on March 31. Her license was also revoked for life.

Chavez' attorney said "she is truly sorry. She is truly sorry for what happened." She wept during the  sentencing as Schoeffler's family sat and watched.

In a statement, Schoeffler's family said "this has been devestating for our family, not just the loss of Nancy, but also the cover-up."

Background: Pedestrian killed by hit-and-run driver on W Burnside Street

Schoeffler was found lying in the roadway on West Burnside Street at Southwest Tichner Drive just after 11 p.m. that night, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson of the Portland Police Bureau. She had been struck by a car that left the scene.

Police said Chavez was behind the wheel when Schoeffler was struck. She was found in Bellingham after police said tips led them to her and her car.

Five other people were accused of helping to cover up the crime, including Chavez' boyfriend and Angela Kap Collins, a passenger in the car at the time.

Chavez' brother Josh Chavez was sentenced to 60 days in jail and 200 hours of community service.

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