Woman charged in fatal DUI wreck released from jail

A woman accused of killing a grandmother in a DUI crash has been released Wednesday afternoon on bond

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Booked into the Mecklenburg County jail more than a week after a deadly crash, Kelly Ann Conkin was still wearing bandages from her hospital stay in her mugshot.   

However, her time behind bars would be brief, just a day-and-a-half to be exact. Conkin is charged with second-degree murder, felony death by motor vehicle , reckless driving, and possession of marijuana. Her bail was set at $129,000. She was released early Wednesday morning after posting bail. 

NBC Charlotte stopped by her Clover home, but there was no answer. Conkin has two previous convictions for drinking and driving, with another case pending. But since those convictions happened in different states, her driving privileges remained intact. It is not clear if she will still be allowed on the road while she awaits trial. 

However, the road to recovery will be long for the family she allegedly plowed her Hyundai into after crossing a grass median on South Tryon Street. 79-year-old Cecilia De Gonzales died on the scene of the crash. A native of Bogota, Columbia, De Gonzales was in Charlotte visiting her children and grandchildren. Her daughter suffered a fractured back and broken wrist and son-in-law is due to have surgery Wednesday. The crash shattered his knee and shin, broke his hip and shoulder and left in need of multiple operations according to family.  

Conkin is due back in court October 4. 

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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