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Man sentenced in 2008 deadly hit-and-run crash on Brookdale Road

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on March 2, 2009 at 10:00 am |
March 2, 2009 10:00 am

A Pierce County judge sentenced a 33-year-old man Friday to more than 11 years in prison after he was convicted of killing a man last year in a car crash.

Last month, a jury found John Nicholas Woods guilty of vehicular homicide, failure to remain at the scene of an accident resulting in death and driving with a suspended license.

Prosecutors had charged Woods in the Feb. 3, 2008, death of Radion Plyut, 51.

According to court documents, Woods was driving a BMW on Brookdale Road East when he struck Plyut’s car as Plyut turned left onto 157th Street. Investigators suspected the BMW was speeding at the time.

A sheriff’s deputy found Woods walking in the 5300 block of Brookdale Road East. He had blood on his hands and in his mouth and smelled strongly of intoxicants.

Plyut, 51, was taken to a local hospital and died of his injuries.

Pierce County Judge John McCarthy sentenced Woods to 11 years, one month. Woods will get credit for spending more than a year in jail, awaiting trial and sentencing, deputy prosecutor Tim Jones said.

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