A man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for vehicular manslaughter after killing a 19-year-old German tourist while driving high on methamphetamine in Seal Beach. Matthew Ryan Wood, 25, Seal Beach, pleaded guilty on Sept. 15, 2017, to the following felony counts:
- Gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated
- Sale / transportation of a controlled substance
- Possession of a controlled substance with firearm
He was sentenced to 10 years in state prison.
Circumstances of the Case
On Dec. 9, 2016, at approximately 2:00 p.m., the defendant drove eastbound on Westminster Avenue in the city of Seal Beach.
Wood swerved over the center median into the westbound lanes of Westminster Avenue and collided head-on with a Kia Sedona.
The driver of the Sedona, 19-year-old German tourist Lisa Schelborn, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The defendant was transported to UC Irvine Medical Center in critical condition.
At the time of the collision, Wood was driving under the influence of methamphetamine, attempting to transport methamphetamine for sale, and was in possession of a firearm while carrying a controlled substance.
Seal Beach Police Department investigated this case and arrested the defendant on Aug. 9, 2017.
Prosecutor: Senior Deputy District Attorney Dan Feldman, Homicide Unit.
This article was released by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.