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Deadly Hit-and-Run Driver, 20, Changes Plea to Guilty

Jessica Medsker, 20, was charged with one count of hit-and-run causing death or injury in the death of 16-year-old Alex M. Funk

A young driver involved in a hit-and-run that killed a teenage pedestrian in San Diego's Tierrasanta community changed her plea Wednesday.

Jessica Medsker, 20, had initially pleaded not guilty in the March 9 hit-and-run that caused the death of 16-year-old Alex M. Funk.

The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office confirmed that Medsker has now changed her plea to guilty to one count of felony hit-and-run involving death. Her sentencing hearing is set for June 6.

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

Medsker was later arrested. She admitted to investigators that she drank alcohol from her boyfriend's drink the night of the crash. She, however, was not charged with driving under the influence. Her boyfriend was a passenger in her car that night. 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, who had no criminal record prior to the hit-and-run, has been out on bail since her arrest. She could face a maximum of four years in custody at her sentencing next month.

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