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Woman pleads not guilty to fatal freeway hit-and-run

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A college nursing student accused of fatally striking a man with her vehicle on a freeway offramp in Rancho Penasquitos and leaving the scene pleaded not guilty Friday to felony hit-and-run causing death.

Nicoll Koval, 23, is accused of killing Albert Holman early Oct. 19 on an offramp to state Route 56.

Witnesses saw Holman walking along the edge of the freeway just east of the Black Mountain Road offramp sometime after 1 a.m., said Deputy District Attorney John Pro.

Holman, who had been celebrating his 34th birthday with his sister, had abandoned his car with two flat tires nearby, the prosecutor said.

Sometime between 2:30 a.m. and 3 a.m., another driver had to swerve to avoid hitting Holman's body, Pro said.

The victim's body was mangled almost beyond recognition when officers arrived at 3:30 a.m., according to the prosecutor.

He said a license-plate holder for a Nissan was found at the accident scene, and that Koval contacted police the next day.

Officers went to her home, about two minutes away from the crash site, and found a 2008 Nissan Sentra with significant front end damage and a severely damaged windshield.

One of the victim's shoes was found in the undercarriage of Koval's car, Pro added.

"She did not stop," the prosecutor said outside court. "It is our opinion that she, in fact, should have stopped. Not stopping is a crime."

Holman's mother, Martha, showed reporters a picture of her son.

"This is my son," the mother said. "I want justice for my son."

Holman's sister said he will be deeply missed.

"It's nothing that we can put into words," Adrianne Holman said. "He was my only brother, my only sibling. We miss him very much."

Defense attorney Michael McGlinn said Koval, a student at Cal State San Marcos, voluntarily turned herself in when she realized she was involved in a fatal accident on her way home.

"She did not know what she had hit," McGlinn told the judge. "She's going to do what is right."

Judge Francis Devaney said Koval was not a flight risk or a danger to society and set her bail at $50,000.

Koval, who came to court after she was notified of the charge via mail, was immediately taken into custody.

She faces a maximum of four years in prison if convicted.

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