Valdez bar under investigation after fatal hit-and-run
The Valdez community is coming together to help the family of a woman hit and killed by a suspected drunk driver.
Ero Walli, 46, is charged with manslaughter and driving under the influence after Valdez Police say he ran over 31-year-old Chellsie Hoffman while she waited outside of The Boardroom bar on Sunday night.
Jordan Quade, the owner of Klondike Coffee, announced on Facebook the coffee shop would donate all of its proceeds from Monday to the Hoffman family.
Quade said there was a steady stream of cars all day with people waiting several hours to get coffee.
"It was amazing to hear people talking in line and sharing stories and offering love to each other,” Quade said. “It was so sad but so full of love."
Altogether, they raised $10,570 in one day.
Friends also set a GoFundMe page for the Hoffman family. The site said the money will be used to help Hoffman’s husband and four children, “Alaina (9), Sean (7), Logan (5), Rylan (3).”
In less than 24 hours, people had donated about $6000.
Quade describes Hoffman as an active member of the community and an all-around amazing woman. She’s glad to see people turning out to show their support for Hoffman.
“It’s pretty impressive to see how much of an impact one person has.”
Meanwhile, the City of Valdez said the state is investigating The Boardroom bar where Walli had allegedly been before the crash.
Public information officer Sheri Pierce said the city is fully cooperating with any information needed by the State Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office.
Erika McConnell, director of the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office, says the office has opened an investigation into The Boardroom, looking into possible Title 4 violations. When asked about potential charges for the bar or bartender, McConnell said she was still looking into the matter.
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