Man Sentenced In Deadly Hit And Run

15 years behind bars for a McKinleyville man for strking and killing a 16 year old dirl while driving while intoxicated on Central Avenue. Lost Coast Outpost reports a judge sentenced 49 year old James Merrick Tuesday after he pleaded guilty last month to the hit and run death of Tessa Gingerich. She was one of three people walking along the road when Merrick, driving on bald tires, lost control of his truck and hit her. He had already been on probation for another drunk driving offiense and his blood alcohol level was at .19.