Teen driver pleads guilty in crash that killed 16-year-old friend
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A teen driver has pleaded guilty in court Thursday in the crash that killed her friend. Abigail McGaha, a Myers Park High School student, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless driving in the crash that killed 16-year-old Alex Mundt.
McGaha pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, misdemeanor death by vehicle.
Mundt's family was there for the sentencing. Alex Mundt was from New Mexico. His mother from New Mexico and family from Colorado flew in to give their victim impact statements.
They said they wanted to hear Abigail McGaha say "sorry," because for the past six months since the crash they say she hadn't said it.
Mundt came to visit McGaha, who he was friends with from camp, in Charlotte back in October. He was in the back seat when McGaha crashed the vehicle after speeding down Colony Road near Sharon View Road.
Prosecutors said McGaha was going anywhere from 70 to 100 mph in a 35 mph zone. The Mundt family told the judge they want Abby to give presentations about the crash as part of her sentence.
"What we really want, we really want her to be able to go out and talk about this and to feel what she's done to Alex and to our family. It didn't have to happen. It was totally reckless," Lynn Mundt, Alex's mom said.
McGaha did apologize, and told the family she will never meet another person like Alex.
She was sentenced to 10 days in jail, which she can do on the weekends, 24 months of probation, 100 hours of community service and the judge took her driver's license away for additional 6 months.
The judge said there was no doubt she understands the magnitude of her actions, and that she will always be the girl that killed that boy.
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