Driver who hit Valdez woman charged with murder
Donations continue to pour in for a Valdez family after a mother of four was killed by a suspected drunk driver.
Chellsie Hoffman, 31, died April 8 after being struck by a vehicle outside the Boardroom bar.
Police initially arrested 46-year-old Ero Walli for manslaughter, driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident. On Friday, prosecutors added a count of second-degree murder against him.
A celebration of life for Hoffman, held Saturday at the Valdez Civic Center, was streamed live on Facebook.
In just a few days, a GoFundMe page has raised more than $14,000 as of Wednesday afternoon.
Friends have also set up an online auction to bring in funds for the Hoffman family, too. The Online Auction for Chellsie Hoffman has hundreds of items listed for sale.
Angie Siddoway Christensen is a friend of Hoffman’s and set up the page. She describes Hoffman as a woman with an “infectious smile and optimistic attitude with a willingness to give.”
Christensen said she’s blown away by the community’s response.
“You could ask her for anything and she would drop and give to the community, so it’s amazing to see so many people act in the way Chellsie would have acted,” Christensen said.
Hundreds of items are up for bid on the Facebook page, ranging from photography sessions and lodge stays to homemade blankets, meals and baked goods.
Christensen said it’s nice to have different outlets for donations because so many people were looking for a way to help the family.
“It’s a healing process for us as a community to be able to give.”
Bidding ends April 24. The winners of the items can make a donation to the Wells Fargo account set up for the family then provide proof of payment and items will be shipped out.
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