Man accused of hitting 10-year-old Ocoee girl bonds out on upgraded charges

The man suspected of hitting and killing a 10-year-old Ocoee girl, while she was riding her bike, bonded out of jail Friday.

Lastevie Howard was released on $91,000 bond. He was rearrested on upgraded charges after Aubrey Clark, 10, died of her injuries earlier this month.

Howard is accused of hitting Clark and her friend while they were riding their bikes, then leaving the scene.

Investigators say he was driving recklessly through a parking lot on January 20 when they were hit. Clark's friend received non-life threatening injuries.

New charges for Howard include vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a crash with death.

Howard was in court today for a hearing on those new charges.

His wife took the stand in his defense, calling him an active deacon in their church. She also said it would be difficult for her husband to bond out of jail a second time.

"Mr. Howard comes from modest beginnings," said Howard's attorney Jacob Stuart. "He's a baker; he's a sole provider for his family."

Stuart also made a plea for Howard's innocence.

"Accidents happen every single day," he said. "That doesn't mean it's criminal. And, that's just a fact of life…He came back to the scene, and he held her and prayed for her while holding her, like any father."

Howard now faces up to 80 years in prison.
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