Southport man pleads guilty to death of woman in motorcycle wreck

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A Brunswick County man recently pleaded guilty in connection with a 2014 motorcycle wreck that killed a Wilmington woman.

Kevin Zell, 29, of Southport, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor death by motor vehicle on March 31 in Brunswick County District Court in the Feb. 16, 2014, death of 39-year-old Sonia Vowls, according to Ashley Bullard, assistant to District Attorney Jon David.

Zell was sentenced to 75 days in prison, which was suspended, and ordered to serve 18 months of unsupervised probation.

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Vowls died in the wreck reported at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 16, 2014, on N.C. 211 near St. James, according to N.C. State Highway Patrol Trooper K.E. Herring. Zell was driving west on N.C. 211 when he crossed the center lane, striking a 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle in the eastbound lane, Herring said. Vowls was thrown from the motorcycle and died on scene.

Zell was also injured in the wreck. His injuries weren’t considered life-threatening.