Woman jailed for 2006 car accident

November 5, 2008 8:20:25 PM PST
A Redwood City woman convicted of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in the 2006 crash deaths of two Tongan royal family members and their driver was taken into custody today to serve seven months in county jail, Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Edith Delgado, 20, was convicted in June 2007 for causing a rollover crash July 5, 2006, on U.S. Highway 101 in Menlo Park that killed Tongan royal family members Prince Tu'ipelehake, 54; Princess Kaimana Tu'ipelehake, 45; and their driver, Vinisia Hefa, 36.

Delgado was originally sentenced in August 2007 to two years in county jail. Judge John Runde ordered Delgado to serve consecutive sentences for the three victims.

Delgado has been free on $100,000 bail while her attorneys pursued an appeal of her sentence, but the state court of appeals in August upheld Delgado's conviction and the two-year sentence.

Delgado had already served about 11 months in jail since the crash before being released, and with additional credits for good behavior she faces about seven months in jail, Wagstaffe said. With good behavior she could be out in 5 months, he said.

She appeared in San Mateo County Superior Court today and her attorney requested that the remainder of the sentence be deleted or that Delgado serve the remainder of her sentence at home under electronic monitoring, according to Wagstaffe.

Both requests were denied and Delgado was handcuffed and remanded into custody.

"She will have dinner in the jail tonight," Wagstaffe said.


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