An Arundel woman accused of striking and killing a pedestrian in South Portland in a drunken-driving crash has pleaded not guilty.

Kristen Hodak, 29, appeared in court Friday to answer charges of manslaughter, operating under the influence, and leaving the scene.

Police say she struck 24-year-old Joseph LePage of Hollis while he was walking on Cummings Road near the rear entrance to the Target department store plaza on the night of July 1. Her car was found unattended two miles away from the scene of the fatal crash. Investigators say Hodak received a ride to a friend’s house before returning to the crash site.

WGME-TV reports that Hodak will be subjected random drug and alcohol tests before her next court date.


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