A Wilmington woman was sentenced to more than five years in prison after entering guilty pleas in a fatal wreck on Carolina Beach Road in December 2014.
Clarissa Jo Woodward, 23, pleaded guilty Wednesday in New Hanover County Superior Court to charges of felony death by motor vehicle and felony serious injury by vehicle.
Woodward was charged in connection with a wreck reported at 1 a.m. Dec. 27, 2014, on Carolina Beach Road near Northern Boulevard.
Woodward’s Toyota Highlander collided with the back of a Honda Civic in the 2000 block of Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Cpl. Leslie Irving said. The passenger in the Civic—35-year-old Randell Omar Foxe—died from injuries sustained in the wreck.
According to Assistant District Attorney Doug Carriker, Foxe and his wife were out on a date night when their vehicle was hit. Randell Foxe was pinned in the vehicle and had to be removed by emergency crews.
Randell Foxe’s wife, Monica Foxe, suffered five broken ribs and an injury to her neck, Carriker said. Evidence showed Woodward was traveling 71 mph when she crashed into the vehicle.
A blood test result indicated Woodward had a .25 blood alcohol concentration (BAC), more than three times the legal driving limit of .08 BAC. Blood testing detected THC, a chemical found in marijuana, in her system, Carriker said.
“I am so sorry for the pain I have caused your family,” Woodward told the Foxe family in court. “This is the biggest regret and pain I will ever know.”
About a dozen members of the Foxe family gave victims’ impact statements in court, each describing Randell Foxe as a devoted family man, who had recently turned to religion to change his life and encourage his children to lead more positive lives.
“He had completely turned his life around,” Monica Foxe said. “We’re just trying to cope the best we can…I never thought the wonderful date we had that night was going to end that way.”
The State dismissed charges of driving while impaired, careless and reckless driving and misdemeanor possession of marijuana as part of Woodward’s plea agreement.
Attorney Frank Jones represented Woodward.
Christina Haley is a crime reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6337 or Christina.firstname.lastname@example.org.