A 47-year-old twice-convicted drunken driver was sentenced to 18 years to life in state prison Friday in the hit-and-run murder of a woman who was struck while watching fireworks with her grandson in San Clemente.
Kelly Michele Wolfe was found guilty in September of one felony count each of murder, driving under the influence causing bodily injury and a sentencing enhancement for 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 12-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 which time, she registered a blood alcohol content of .31 percent, according to prosecutors.
Wolfe had a prior DUI conviction from Nevada in 1995.
At Wolfe’s sentencing, Demchuk’s daughter read a statement that said in part, “words cannot express the pain and anguish our family and friends endured since our mother’s death. The defendant’s decision to drive drunk and take the life of another human being, with no regard for the effect it may have on others, is unimaginable.”