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Woman Sentenced After Car vs. Ped. Crash

Hannalore Zimmerman

CORVALLIS, Ore. — A Corvallis woman accused of hitting and killing an 89-year-old pedestrian with her car is not facing jail time.

Sixty-six-year-old Donna Bolt was sentenced on Thursday at the Benton County Courthouse for assault in the third degree. A charge of criminally negligent homicide in the first degree was dropped.

Bolt is accused of hitting 89-year-old Hannalore Zimmerman last year on a road in Philomath when the woman was walking across the street to check the mail. Bolt will receive three years of probation, a five-year driver’s license suspension, and 250 hours of community service.

One of the victim’s former co-workers and close friends says Zimmerman was not vindictive and would have thought the sentence was fair.

“I just can’t imagine that she would want the driver to suffer any more than she already has,” said Christy Wright, who worked with Zimmerman at Benton Hospice Service. “I really think that Hanna would want us to forgive her, and I think Hanna would want her to forgive herself. I do.”

Wright now looks after Zimmerman’s dog Taylor, who she says keeps the woman’s memory alive.

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