Teen pleads guilty after fatal wreck

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By Laura Lewis, Reporter

A Sunset Beach teenager has pleaded guilty to charges related to a fatal wreck that occurred last October in Carolina Shores.

Maria Cortes, 17, pleaded guilty before Judge Thomas Aldridge on Feb. 28 to a misdemeanor charge of no operator’s license as well as failure to comply with restricted driving license, according to assistant district attorney Quintin M. McGee.

Cortes was 16 years old at the time of the Oct. 5 collision on U.S. 17 that killed Robert Clary Jr., 58, of Calabash Drive in Carolina Shores.

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