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.