BOONE — A Boone man pleaded guilty to multiple felony charges related to a 2019 hit-and-run in Watauga County Criminal Superior Court on Tuesday, March 2.
Israel Alejandro Flores, 23, pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter, felony hit and run and driving while intoxicated.
The charges stem from July 26, 2019, when law enforcement responded to a hit-and-run on U.S. 421. According to N.C. State Highway Patrol Trooper Z.L. Moose, Flores was traveling at an estimated 45 mph when he struck Brittian Stewart South, of both Mountain City, Tenn., and Deep Gap, who was flagging traffic for paving road work being done by Maymead in the area of U.S. 421 near the N.C. 105 Bypass, the Watauga Democrat previously reported.
South was airlifted to Johnson City Medical Center, where he died the following morning. After talking with other construction workers, sheriff’s deputies located the vehicle involved at Flores’ residence, where he was arrested. A few hours later, a search warrant was executed for his blood sample. The test results showed that Flores had a blood alcohol concentration of .13 and also had THC and THCA in his bloodstream, according to District Attorney Seth Banks.
After pleading guilty, the Hon. Gary Gavenus sentenced Flores to one year and four months to two years and five months for the felony charges and an additional one year for the driving while impaired charge. Gavenus ordered the two sentences will run concurrently.