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Docs: Fatal Tierrasanta Hit-and-Run Driver Fled Scene Covered in Glass

Jessica Medsker, 20, the driver accused in a fatal Tierrasanta hit-and-run, told police she struck and killed Alex Funk, 16, then drove to boyfriend's house

A 20-year-old driver admitted to detectives that she struck a teenager and then drove to her boyfriend's house "covered in glass," from the crash, according to a newly released search warrant. 

San Diego resident Jessica Medsker appeared in court for her sentencing on Tuesday and listened to emotional victim impact statements from family members of Alex Funk, the 16-year-old she hit and killed. 

Her defense attorney, Marcus DeBose, asked for a delayed sentencing. When reached by phone, DeBose told NBC 7 he could not comment on why the case was postponed.

According to prosecutors, Medsker struck Funk as he walked with a friend along Santo Road near Antigua Boulevard around midnight in March. The impact killed Funk, a high school sophomore. Medsker fled the scene.

In the search warrant obtained by NBC 7 on Wednesday, detectives said an acquaintance of Medsker's came forward to authorities on March 14. The woman told detectives that her acquaintance, "Jessica," was the driver involved in the fatal hit-and-run and Jessica's boyfriend, Lewis Cornwell, was the passenger in the car at the time of the crash.

NBC 7 has chosen not to identify the acquaintance for her safety. 

Through a computer search, detectives identified Cornwell's girlfriend as Jessica Medsker. 

On March 15, detectives drove to Cornwell's home. Detectives said his home was located near the site of the deadly hit-and-run.

They found Medsker and Cornwell there and asked Medsker to show them her car. She told them she "wanted a lawyer." 

Cornwell then admitted to detectives he was the passenger in the fatal hit-and-run crash and Medsker had been driving. Medsker was placed under arrest.

Once at the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) Traffic Division Unit, Medsker confessed to being the driver involved in the crash, according to the search warrant. She told detectives she drove to her boyfriend's house and stayed the night. The following morning, she took the car to a garage at an apartment complex in Normal Heights because a friend of her father's lived there. 

Medsker also admitted to investigators she had some of her boyfriend's alcoholic drink the night of the crash. However, she was not charged with driving under the influence. 

Prosecutors said Medsker had been driving 60 mph in a 45 mph zone.

At the young woman's arraignment in late March, prosecutors revealed a shocking detail: Medsker's sister is currently also in custody in Riverside, California, charged with the same type of crime.

Medsker had no prior criminal record.

She could face up to four years in custody at her sentencing.

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