LANCASTER – A 25-year-old man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder and other charges stemming from a hit-and-run crash in Lancaster that claimed the life of an 11-year-old girl.
Eduardo Medrano Jr. is charged with one count each of murder, hit-and- run resulting in death, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and vehicular manslaughter in connection with the crash that occurred just after midnight July 18 at 20th Street East and Lancaster Boulevard.
Emily Tovar Echeverria, who was a passenger in the other vehicle, was airlifted to a hospital, where she died about 11 a.m. July 20 surrounded by her family.
Medrano has been in jail since he turned himself in July 21 at the Lancaster sheriff’s station after authorities released a photo and asked the public to be on the lookout for him.
Medrano had been “positively identified by multiple witnesses and (was) seen fleeing the scene,” according to a sheriff’s department statement.
Medrano — whose bail is set at $2.5 million — is due back in a Lancaster courtroom Sept. 1 for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require him to stand trial.
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