Boyfriend pleads guilty to giving girlfriend alcohol before crash

Posted at 2:23 PM, Oct 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-11 17:23:11-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The man who provided alcohol to a hit-and-run driver the night she ran down a boy in Tierrasanta pleaded guilty, according to San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott.

16-year-old Alex Funk was struck and killed as he walked along Santo Road in March. Funk's best friend was with him and jumped out of the way of the speeding car. Funk died at the scene.

The driver, 20-year-old Jessica Medsker, left the area but was arrested six days later, Elliott said.

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During the investigation, police determined that Medsker’s boyfriend, 25-year-old Lewis Cornwell, gave Medsker alcohol at a restaurant before the crash.

In August, the City Attorney’s Office filed a criminal complaint against Cornwell for unlawfully furnishing alcohol to a minor. “Providing alcohol to a minor is more than a crime. It is reckless and puts lives at risk. My office will prosecute anyone who breaks this law, whether it’s a bartender, friend, family member, or significant other, and seek the maximum penalties allowed,” Elliott said.

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Cornell will be sentenced later this year. His guilty plea was part of an agreement that will lead to a punishment of 100 days in custody, plus other terms and conditions of a three year term of probation, including completion of the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s ‘Beyond the Caution Tape’ program.

In May, Medsker pleaded guilty to felony hit and run causing death. She is serving a four-year prison sentence.