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Moms of hit-and-run victims push for stronger penalties

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Hearing for House Bill 2542 in Salem Monday Hearing for House Bill 2542 in Salem Monday

Two local moms are lobbying for tougher hit-and-run laws in Oregon, after both of their sons were killed by drivers who left the scene.

The mothers of Dustin Finney and Harley Rocher testified during a public hearing for House Bill 2542 in Salem on Monday.

The bill would increase the penalty for a hit-and-run conviction resulting in injury from one year without a license to three.

"I think it's really important that people are held accountable and that tragedies like this, that people are more aware that it's not something that's no big deal. It is a big deal," said Tammi Beers, Rocher's mother.

Rocher, 18, was killed by a hit-and-run driver along Southwest Laurelwood Avenue in Beaverton Jan. 15.

That driver has never been caught. Investigators said it was a teal or turquoise green vehicle and glass found at the scene was from a windshield. The passenger side of the car was also believed to have been damaged.

Dustin Finney, 28, was killed while riding his bike near Southeast 82nd and Division Street in August 2011. Investigators said they found the SUV that hit him abandoned in the area, before a K-9 team helped locate the driver.

Ashawntae Rosemon, then 18, was arrested and later pleaded guilty to charges including DUII, criminally negligent homicide and hit and run.

He was sentenced to five years in prison and five years formal probation.

The penalty for a deadly hit-and-run crash includes the driver losing his or her license for five years.

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