A man pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of furnishing alcohol to his underage girlfriend the night she was involved in a hit-and-run accident that killed a 16-year-old boy in Tierrasanta.
Lewis Cornwell, 25, will be sentenced Dec. 8 to 100 days in custody, three years probation and will be ordered to complete the San Diego County Medical Examiner‘s “Beyond the Caution Tape” program.
“Providing alcohol to a minor is more than a crime. It is reckless and puts lives at risk,” City Attorney Mara W. Elliott said. “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.”
Last March, 16-year-old Alex Funk — a student at Serra High School — was struck and killed by a car as he walked along Santo Road. The driver, 20- year-old Jessica Medsker, did not stop to render aid nor did she dial 911, authorities said. Instead, Medsker and her passenger, Cornwell, fled the scene.
Surveillance video from a restaurant the night of the accident shows Cornwell providing Medsker with drink after drink while servers weren’t looking, authorities said.
Cornwell was charged in August.
— City News Service
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