Sentencing for Cleveland man convicted of Christmas Day fatal hit-skip

Sentencing for Cleveland man convicted of Christmas Day fatal hit-skip
Edwin Valentin (Source: Cuyahoga County Jail)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The driver who caused a fatal hit skip accident on Christmas Day 2019 was sentenced Wednesday.

Edwin Valentin, 25, was sentenced to nine and a half years in prison.

Edwin Valentin was sentenced to nine and a half years in prison for a fatal hit skip accident on Christmas Day 2019.
Edwin Valentin was sentenced to nine and a half years in prison for a fatal hit skip accident on Christmas Day 2019. (Source: WOIO)

In April, Valentin pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide, attempted tampering with evidence, involuntary manslaughter, use of unauthorized plates and not stopping after an accident.

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.

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