Cameron Wells, 19, of Midland, has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter after the July 2012 fatal wreck that killed Enrique “Ricky” Ochoa, officials said.
The verdict came just days after Wells’ trial started on Monday, according to the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office.
Wells and Ochoa, 23, were friends and together in the vehicle that crashed into a tree off Bain School Road in Mint Hill, officials said. Wells was driving.
He was seen drinking liquor shortly before the wreck and a witness testified she saw Wells driving close to 100 mph moments before the wreck, according to the DA’s office.
As Wells came to a curve he lost control of the vehicle and crashed, ejecting Ochoa from the front passenger seat, officials said.
Ochoa died at the scene, while Wells and another teenage passenger remained trapped in the vehicle and had to be rescued by firefighters, said the DA’s office. Both Wells and the other passenger suffered serious injury.
Wells has been sentenced to 13-25 months in prison by Superior Court Judge Linwood O. Foust.
Trenda: 704-358-5089; Twitter: @htrenda
The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.
Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email firstname.lastname@example.org to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.Read moreRead less