September 16, 2014
A Redwood City teen has received the maximum sentence for a freeway crash that killed two members of Tonga's royal family.
Nineteen-year-old Edith Delgado was sentenced to three years this morning after being convicted earlier this year on misdemeanor manslaughter for a crash on Highway 101 that killed Prince Tu'ipelehake (TOO-ee-pay-lay-HAW-kee) and Princess Kaimana
Their driver was also killed.
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.
Delgado was driving a car that sideswiped a sport utility vehicle carrying the Tongan prince, princess and their driver, causing the SUV to flip over.
Prosecutors say she was racing another driver at the time of the crash.