Ohioan pleads not guilty in hit-and-run that killed teen

LORAIN, Ohio (AP) – A driver suspected in a hit-and-run that killed a 17-year-old pedestrian has pleaded not guilty in northeast Ohio.

Twenty-five-year-old Damion Cheers, of Lorain, is charged with failing to stop after an accident. The case is being sent from municipal court to Lorain County court for consideration by a grand jury.

Local police say Jayvian Johnson, of Lorain, was walking in the street with his girlfriend the night of Oct. 19 when he was hit by a car, sending him airborne into a street sign. He died the next day at a hospital.

Cheers’ attorney, Anthony Baker, says it appears what happened was an accident.

Baker says if Cheers fled the scene, that was wrong. But Baker says Cheers recognized his responsibility, surrendered to authorities Tuesday and has seemed remorseful.

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