Saturday, July 08, 2006

Delgado charged with manslaughter in Tongan royal crash

Edith Delgado, 18, was charged Friday with vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence after causing the crash that killed members of the Tongan royal family.

According to witnesses and police, Delgado appeared to be racing her Ford Mustang with a Cadillac Escalade at speeds up to 160 kilometers (100 miles) per hour, when she clipped the Tongan's Ford Explorer.

This photo released by Helaman Hansen shows Tonga royal family member, Prince Tu'ipelehake, in Sacramento, Calif., in Dec. 2005. Edith Delgado, 18, is charged with vehicular manslaughter with killing Tongan royal family members, Prince Tu'ipelehake, 56, Princess Kaimana, 46, and their driver, Vinisia Hefa, 36, from the accident that occurred in Menlo Park, Calif., on Wednesday, July 5, 2006. (AP Photo/Courtesy Helaman Hansen)
Prince Tu'ipelehake, in Sacramento, Calif., in Dec. 2005. AP Photo/Courtesy Helaman Hansen via Yahoo News.

The Explorer rolled several times killing Prince Tu'ipelehake and his wife, Princess Kaimana, and their driver, Vinisia Hefa.

Delgado pleaded not guilty to the charges with a bail hearing was set for July 18. Bail is currently set at $3 million.