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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A woman will spend at least 2.5 years in prison after pleading guilty today to a drunk driving crash that killed a man searching for his pet in Brunswick County last year.

Melissa Gail Gomez pleaded guilty to felony death by motor vehicle and driving while impaired. A judge sentenced her to 31-47 months in prison.

Prosecutors say on July 27, 2012, Gomez went out drinking with friends. Around 10 p.m., she was heading home, driving her vehicle at about 45 mph in a 35 mph zone down Seapines Drive in Southport. When she hit and killed Oscar Rayvon Correll, Jr., who was walking down the street looking for his dog. Gomez then ran off the road and hit a fence.

Blood drawn from Gomez a few hours after the wreck showed she had a blood alcohol concentration of .19. Gomez also has a prior conviction for DWI from 2007.

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6 Comments on "Woman pleads guilty in DWI crash that killed man looking for his dog"

12 days 14 hours ago

There was a guy in the car with her an the guys who was looking for his dog was drunk to I’m her son an it sucks not having a mom for two years so shut up

2015 years 9 months ago

He blew .32 in NHC….but he is the CEO of Wilmington Housing Authority….can’t wait to see what he gets. But good for Brunswick for locking this chick away!!!! God bless the Correll family for their loss.

2015 years 9 months ago

I sure am not going to defend drinking and driving, but as I age I realize that driving at night I don’t see like an owl, point is, how many of us have been startled driving at night by a pedestrain or bicycle rider that doesn’t wear clothing that sticks out?, obviously .19 is blitzed, but there are a lot of people on bicycles and walking that are hit at night that the drivers had nothing to drink, so there needs to be some responsibility put on both side’s of the fence, how many people have had someone pull out in front of them and then brake hard and or turned in a couple hundred feet, or stopped dead in the road setting up a rear end collision? The driver may get charged but there are times when you can be set up to have an accident, so when are we going to look at some of the grey area’s and assign blame accordingly?

2015 years 9 months ago

She only got 2 & 1/2 years for murdering a man out walking while she was driving drunk with a prior charge of DWI?? This makes me sick ! This man is dead and his family will suffer a lifetime. I don’t get why she is only punished 2 years, if that. most likely get out early so she can drive drunk and kill again. murder is murder where I am concerned whether with a knife or a car!
why do they get off easily if they kill with their car even the ones with 5 or more previous offenses? Makes no sense at all. So what is that saying to the public? If you want to kill someone get drunk enough and hit them with your car to kill them and you might only get a couple years or maybe even probation???

2015 years 9 months ago

The DWI laws in this state are a joke. A woman chooses to drink alcohol knowing that she is going to get behind the wheel. She kills a man and may spend 4 years in prison. Four years is not justice for the taking of a life.

2015 years 9 months ago

2 1/2 years for taking someone’s life?!? WHEN is this state going to WAKE up and start realizing we’ve got a HUGE problem w/ DWI’s…. It’s ok now little Johnny, let me pop your hand… if they would start charging anyone who receives a DWI w/ felony attempted murder, then I promise you, the rates would start decreasing… right now the penalty for getting caught driving while under then influence is laughable…. I pray for the family of the victim and for this woman… this is something that she will have to live with forever… but how can we call it justice when she gets off w/ just two years, I’m sure with time served she’ll be out within a year… if you drink and get behind the will then I’m sorry you are putting others lives at risk and should be charged w/ attempted murder… WAKE UP NC THIS HAS TO STOP!!!!


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