Youngblood enters not guilty plea in fatal hit and run

Zachary Youngblood, accused of fatally striking a woman with his girlfriend’s truck in Aberdeen last month and then leaving the scene, entered a not guilty plea at his arraignment Monday afternoon.

Youngblood, 23, of Hoquiam, has been in jail since being arrested on Jan. 15 in connection with a hit and run that resulted in the death of Jeri Stiles, who was crossing First Street near its intersection with G Street on Jan. 14.

Youngblood has been charged with hit and run involving the death of an individual, driving with a suspended license in the third degree and making a false or misleading statement to a public servant.

Grays Harbor Superior Court Judge David L. Edwards set bail at $50,000 during Youngblood’s first appearance in court last week.

Edwards appointed a public defender, David Arcuri, to be Youngblood’s lawyer.