Sentencing for woman in hit-and-run crash that killed teen

Posted at 1:12 PM, Jun 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-06 22:15:04-04

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A judge rescheduled Tuesday the sentencing of a 20-year-old woman who left the scene after her car fatally struck a teenage boy on a Tierrasanta street.

Jessica Rene Medsker of San Diego pleaded guilty last month to a felony charge of hit-and-run causing death. The defendant -- who has no prior record -- faces anywhere from probation to four years in prison.

The conviction is considered a "wobbler," meaning a judge could reduce it to a misdemeanor at the court's discretion, said Deputy District Attorney Andrew Aguilar.

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The prosecutor said 16-year-old Alex Funk and a friend were walking southbound in the fast lane of the 5700 block of Santo Road with their backs toward traffic around midnight March 9. The victim's friend managed to jump onto a median to avoid being hit.

A motorcyclist who was following Medsker estimated she was driving 60 mph in a 45-mph zone when her car struck the teen, according to Aguilar. Medsker was arrested six days later, about a mile from the stretch of road where the victim died.

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The defendant admitted taking sips from her boyfriend's alcoholic drink at a La Jolla restaurant earlier in the evening, the prosecutor said.

Medsker will be sentenced July 20, according to City News Service.