Two-Time DUI Driver Guilty of Murder in Hit-And-Run Death of OC Woman Watching Fireworks With Grandson

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A Capistrano Beach woman, with a previous conviction for drunken driving, was found guilty Monday of the driving under the influence murder of an elderly woman and injury of her grandson in a hit-and-run crash in 2013.

Kelly Michele Wolfe, 46, was convicted of one felony count each of murder, driving under the influence causing bodily injury and driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .15 percent or more, according to a news release from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

The crash occurred around 8:30 p.m. on July 4, 2013 on El Camino Real in San Clemente.

Marthann Demchuk, 76, was standing in the gutter while her then 13-year-old grandson, Mason, was on the curb watching a small fireworks display when they were struck by a van driven by Wolfe, the release stated.

Demchuk died as a result of her injuries. Her grandson suffered abrasions to his face, mouth and legs.

Wolfe fled the scene of the crash without rendering aid, the DA’s office stated. She was arrested two hours later at her home.

At the time of her arrest, Wolfe had a blood alcohol content of .31 percent, according to prosecutors.

Wolfe had a prior drunken driving conviction in 1995 in Nevada where she completed a DUI class and attended a Victim Impact Panel, the release stated.

She also received what was called a “Watson advisement” when she renewed her California driver’s license in 2008, warning that she could be charged with murder if she killed a person while driving under the influence.

Wolfe faced a maximum sentence of 18 years to life in state prison.

Her sentencing was scheduled for Nov. 20.