Cleveland man pleads not guilty in fatal hit-skip accident on Christmas Day

Cleveland man pleads not guilty in fatal hit-skip accident on Christmas Day
Edwin Valentin (Source: Cuyahoga County Jail)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The driver accused in a fatal hit skip accident on Christmas Day pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday.

Edwin Valentin was indicted on the charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, tampering with evidence, involuntary manslaughter, use of unauthorized plates and not stopping after an accident.

Cleveland police said Melanie Phillips died after being struck by Valentin’s car around 11 p.m. on W. 52nd Street.

Melanie Phillips’ siblings say she’d just gotten out of her aunt’s car and was walking on the sidewalk up to her house, when the suspect jumped the curb, ran over her and kept going.
Melanie Phillips’ siblings say she’d just gotten out of her aunt’s car and was walking on the sidewalk up to her house, when the suspect jumped the curb, ran over her and kept going.

Family members told 19 News she had just gotten out of her aunt’s car and was walking on the sidewalk up to her home when she was struck.

Phillips, 35, was the mother of three boys.

Valentin is being held on a $100,000 bond and will be back in court on Jan. 21.

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