Driver in deadly hit-and-run gets a 14-year prison sentence
SALEM, Ore. - A hit-and-run driver who killled a woman and injured her son earlier this year was sentenced Wednesday to over 14 years in prison.
Brandon Paine-Smith, 26, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter, second-degree assault and two counts of failure to perform the duties of a driver. He was sentenced to 175 months in prison.
The crash happened back in February near the entrance of the Lucky Fortune Restaurant on Lancaster Drive in Salem. An altercation spilled out of the restaurant and that's when the two victims were hit.
Paine-Smith struck and injured 38-year-old Tom Cheung and knocked down the man's mother, 68-year-old Kow Lan Cheung-Lin. He then pulled forward and drove over Cheung-Lin. She later died at the hospital of blunt force trauma to her chest.
After hitting the mother and son, Paine-Smith fled the scene. His car was found abandoned nearby and police apprehended him six days later. He had been hiding out at a friend's home.
Paine-Smith was on parole at the time and had a felony warrant out for his arrest.
A passenger in his car, 20-year-old Kayla Jo Holden of Salem, also had a felony warrant out for her arrest for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. She eluded police following the hit-and-run and Paine-Smith's arrest. We are checking with authorities to see if they were ever able to track her down.