Man pleads not guilty to hitting, killing woman returning from high school reunion

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The man accused of causing a crash that killed a mother on her way home from a high school reunion pleaded not guilty and was issued $1 million bond in court Tuesday.

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Brian Burns, Jr., 19, faces charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated robbery and receiving stolen property in the case.

It all happened late Saturday evening.

Police said Burns beat and robbed a 71-year-old man who had just left the St. Rocco's Church Festival. Burns is also accused of taking the victim's car.

The car was speeding through the Lee-Harvard area on the east side, when it crashed into a car driven by Shirley Duncan-Barnes, 49, of Maple Heights.

Barnes' car was pushed into a building, and she was killed.

She'd just left a high school reunion. She leaves behind a 7-year-old daughter and an adult child.

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