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By Lee Revis
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Manslaughter and felony charge for failure to stop levied against Valdez man

Ero Walli allegedly hit, killed and sped away after drunkenly hitting Chellsie Hoffman

 

April 11, 2018



A former Crowley manager is charged with manslaughter after police alleged that he hit and then ran over a young Valdez woman early Sunday morning, then fled the scene of the crime.

Chellsie (Curry) Hoffman died after witnesses say Walli hit and then ran over the victim outside of the Boardroom on Chitina Dr at around 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

Ero Walli, age 46, was also charged with DUI and a misdemeanor weapons charge after Valdez police say they found a loaded Rugar pistol in the truck – it is an added criminal offense in Alaska to operate a motor vehicle with a loaded weapon while intoxicated. He is also charged with a second felony for failing to stop after the incident.

"One witness, Devin Reiss, advised officers that he had personally attempted to prevent Walli from driving due to his advanced state of intoxication," states charging documents filed by Valdez Police to the Valdez Court.

A friend who was with the victim that evening told police that Walli hit the victim, stopped his vehicle. The friend, identified as Taylor Phillips, says she started screaming and that she "...threw her bag at the truck."

Walli then drove over the top of the victim, stopped the vehicle again, then drove away "at a high rate of speed."

The victim was pronounced dead at 3:20 a.m. at Providence Valdez Medical Center.

Police located Walli and the alleged vehicle at the home of the accused on Falcon Ave. in the Robe River Subdivision.

Police say Walli at first denied he had been drinking or having been at the Boardroom that morning or night before. He registered a .305 BrAC at 5:15 a.m. and later voluntarily submitted to a blood draw test.

Walli appeared emotionless at his first hearing Monday before Judge Dan Schally in a crowded courtroom filled with mourners.

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Ero Walli at the time of his arrest.

"He has not posted bail as of this morning," Sheri Pierce said Tuesday morning. Pierce is the city clerk, whose office acts as the public information office. "There were multiple conditions of release."

Schally set bail at $75,000 cash or corporate bond plus $25,000 cash performance bond, for total bail amount of $100,000. In the event that bail is posted, Walli's conditions of release include mandatory electronic monitoring supervision by Valdez Police, and Walli will still remain under house arrest "until further ordered by the court."

Numerous news outlets are reporting that Crowley Marine has stated that Walli's employment has been terminated.

 

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