Friday, June 22nd, 2007 at 6:40 pm in Uncategorized.
Nineteen-year-old Edith Delgado, acquitted June 14 of felony vehicular manslaughter charges in the deaths of the prince and princess of Tonga and their driver, spent a scant four days out of jail before defense attorney Randy Moore drove her to his San Jose office and staged a tearful press conference (shown here).
Though there were plenty of heartfelt revelations provided by Delgado to warm the cockles (such as, “If I had the chance to switch places with those people, then I would,”) something that the young woman said – accused by prosecutors of racing another vehicle moments prior to the crash, while weaving in and out of traffic between 85 and 100 mph – got us to wondering.
“I’m still scared,” she said. “I don’t even want to think about driving for some time.”
The Insider knows that, legally, any pimply 13-year-old or, for that matter, anyone with a license revoked as a result of DUI charges is free to think about driving as much as they want to. But can they drive – like, legally? We think not.
So, what about Delgado? Now that she’s out of jail, might we be seeing her whizzing past us on Highway 101 anytime soon?
We turned to the district attorney’s office for answers and found, much to our surprise, that our county’s prosecutors lacked a ready answer.
So, we called up the Department of Motor Vehicles (the secret media phone number means that we’re not subject to the same electronic phone labyrinth as the rest of you) and here’s what we learned: Delgado’s license was revoked by the DMV on Sept. 27 _ interestingly enough, some two months after she was thrown in the slammer and nearly a week after a San Mateo County Superior Court judge ruled that there was sufficient evidence to try the young woman on three counts of felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.
“The license was revoked regardless of the outcome in the criminal proceedings,” said DMV spokesman Armando Botello. “The DMV has the power to revoke or suspend licenses on its own administrative power.”
More interesting still, Delgado’s three convictions of misdemeanor manslaughter, under Penal Code 192 (c) 2, did not require that the DMV take any action whatsoever to either suspend or revoke her license.
In fact, if the DMV had not decided to revoke Delgado’s license, on grounds of “negligent operator/violation of traffic law,” she could have, theoretically, driven to her press conference.
Since the DMV decided to revoke her license, she will be eligible to meet with the department’s Driver Safety Branch within one year and apply for reinstatement of her license.
If Delgado decides to drive before her the DMV reinstates her license, then she would be eligible for five to six months in jail and a fine of $300 to $1,000. The accident will stay on her record for seven years – one year less than the eight years which she could have spent in prison if the jury convicted her of felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.
Rest assured, Delgado will not be chauffeuring herself to her Aug. 24 sentencing.