Edith Delgado sentenced

Redwood City teen gets three years for crash that killed two members of Tonga’s royal family:

Edith Delgado is the California woman who killed members of the Tongan Royal Family in a car crash when she was racing another car at excessive speeds. Yesterday she was sentenced to 3 years behind bars.

In being sentenced, Delgado received one year in jail for each victim.

Her attorney says he expects her to serve about one year, after receiving credit for the one year she spent behind bars awaiting trial.

Had Delgado been convicted of the more serious charges prosecutors had filed against her she would have faced up to eight years in prison.

A relative of the Royal Family had the following response

“Words cannot express how much loss this feels even after a year,” said Amelia Tupou Tonga, a cousin of the princess. “Our family suffers. Our country suffers. But we are a forgiving people, and all we want today is justice.”

Edith Delgado found guilty

Teen convicted of misdemeanors in crash that killed Tongan royals:

For those of you who have been reading for a while you may remember the story of Edith Delgado. She was the California teen who was on trial for killing members of the Tongan royal family in a car crash while she was allegedly street racing someone else.

She was convicted this past Thursday of three misdemeanor counts of vehicular manslaughter. She was found not guilty of felony charges of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.

Sentencing is scheduled for August 24th and the most she’s looking at is 3 years.

We get letters…

I received this an e-mail from a Michael Stogner. It’s also posted at the San Mateo Daily Journal Community Forum. Mr. Stogner writes…

Subject: Equal Justice, San Mateo County Style, $3,000,000.00 Bail vs None

Currently we have 2 cases in our courts. One an 18 year old female child/young adult, the other a mature male who works for the Federal Government. Both cases involve cars and causing damage to property and persons.The difference is the 18 year old girl did the right thing after crash. She stayed at the scene of the accident.She did not run away, she did not hide. She has a $3,000,000 bail set in her case, some say that is excessive, her actions caused the deaths of three people, but her actions after the crash show she did the right thing.

The other case the man did the wrong thing, he smashed his car into another car with a woman in it, he refused to give her his license and insurance information and fled the scene of the crash. His license plate remained at the crash site. Six days later he reports to the Belmont Police Department….SIX DAYS. Belmont Police recommend he be charged with Felony Hit and Run, with Personal Injury. There is no evidence he has been arrested, No Bail Set, and the District Attorney’s Office under the leadership of James P. Fox charged him with a misdemeanor, not the felony.

Doesn’t look like Equal Justice

The first case Mr. Stogner is referring to is the case of Edith Delgado, the 18-year-old California girl who killed three members of the Tongan royal family after she crashed into their SUV while she was racing another car.

In the second case, as far as I can tell, no one died or was injured.

Mr. Stogner, Edith Delgado did not do the right thing. She was illegally racing and is responsible for the deaths of three people. $3M bail is not unreasonable. The man mentioned in the second case should have been arrested and charged with a felony but in no way do I believe he should have been given $3m bail. You’re comparing apples and oranges. Or in this case vehicular homicide with a fender bender.

Delgado’s attorney says $3M bail is excessive

Attorney Calls Bail ‘Unconstitutional’ For Teen Accused in Tongan Deaths:

San Jose, Calif. (KCBS) — The attorney for a Redwood City woman accused of causing the death of two members of a Tongan royal family and their driver, said her $3 million bail is outrageous.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan reported that attorney Randy Moore said he would file an appeal as soon as today.

“It’s unconstitutional to give somebody $3 million in bail and in fact what you’re doing is giving them no bail at all,” said Moore.

Edith Delgado, 18, pleaded not guilty on July 7 in San Mateo County Superior Court to three counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence for her alleged role in the July 5 crash on Highway 101 in Menlo Park.

Mr. Moore has quite the flair for the dramatic, doesn’t he? The eighth amendment states…

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Considering she was taking part in a reckless and dangerous activity that resulted in the death of three people I don’t think the bail is excessive at all.

It was the Tongans’ car’s fault

Lawyer probes Explorer’s safety:

This is why I really fucking hate criminal defense attorneys…

REDWOOD CITY The lawyer for the teen accused in the deaths of a royal Tongan couple and their driver wants to explore how much of a role the vehicle carrying the victims may have played in the tragedy.

“We’re checking to see what effect this particular vehicle had,” San Jose-based attorney Randy Moore said

Thursday after a brief court appearance for his client, Edith Delgado, 18, of Redwood City.

Delgado had been scheduled for a preliminary hearing in San Mateo County Superior Court, but Moore asked that the proceeding be postponed so he could gather more information.

Authorities said Delgado was driving a Ford Mustang at a high rate of speed and apparently racing a black Cadillac Escalade on Highway 101 in Menlo Park on July 5.

The Mustang then struck the Ford Explorer transporting Tonga’s Prince Tu’ipelehake, 55; his 46-year-old wife, Princess Kaimana; and their driver, Vinisia Hefa, 36, of East Palo Alto. All three died when their Explorer rolled several times.

Outside the courtroom Thursday, Moore said such things as how safe Explorers are built or how prone they could be “to implode when they roll over” should be studied.

“It could become a critical issue,” he said. “That’s always something to be investigated.”

Pay attention you weasely little fuckwit of a lawyer. The critical issue here is that your client was racing illegally. If she had not been then the Tongan Royal Family would still be alive.

“It’s the car’s fault” is probably the stupidest defense I’ve ever heard.

Tongan royal family killed in car crash

Teen Charged in Wreck That Killed Tongan Royals:

REDWOOD CITY, California — A teenage driver charged with killing two members of the Tongan royal family and their driver after slamming into their car pleaded not guilty Friday to vehicular manslaughter.

Edith Delgado, 18, of Redwood City, was held in lieu of $3 million (euro2.35 million) bail after her arraignment in San Mateo County Superior Court on manslaughter and speeding charges.

Delgado, who received her driver’s license in February, was charged with killing Prince Tu’ipelehake, 56 and Princess Kaimana, 46, in the Wednesday night crash on Highway 101 in Menlo Park, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) south of San Francisco.

Vinisia Hefa, 36, of East Palo Alto, who was driving the red Ford Explorer carrying the prince and princess, also was killed, authorities said.

“This collision is extremely tragic,” said Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti. “There was a loss of three innocent lives. They were just driving down the freeway minding their own business.”

Defense attorney Randy Moore described Delgado as a hardworking honors student and bank teller who was not necessarily culpable for the accident.

“My client is very sorry she was involved in this. It remains to be determined whether she bears any criminal responsibility for what took place,” Moore said. “Nobody has proven anything. There has only been accusations.”

If convicted of the three manslaughter counts, Delgado faces up to eight years in prison, a prosecutor said.

Delgado was driving her Ford Mustang as fast as 100 mph (160 kph) while racing another vehicle when she crashed into the driver’s side of Hefa’s car, causing it to swerve across several lanes before rolling on its roof, said California Highway Patrol Officer Ricky Franklin.

Delgado was not injured in the crash.

Thanks to Angie we have Edith Delgado’s MySpace.

My thoughts and prayers are with the Tongan royal family at this time and also with the Delgados.