Drunk Driver Received Six-Year Prison Sentence for Deadly OC Car Crash

On Wednesday, March 9, 2011, an Anaheim woman was sentenced to prison for killing two women in 2009 while driving the wrong way on an Orange County freeway.

Jessica Lynn Shekell, 23, was sentenced to six years in prison for killing two sisters on October 26, 2009, when her car crashed into their pickup truck on the 91 freeway near Gypsum Canyon Road. Authorities say that Shekell got into her car drunk and drove the wrong way that fatal evening, which lead to the unfortunate Orange County car crash.

Sally Miguel, 49, and her sister, 30-year-old Patricia Miguel, both of San Bernardino, were killed in this head-on collision. Shekell had a blood alcohol level of 0.26, which is over three times the legal limit. Shekell pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular manslaughter in October 2010, and this past Wednesday Shekell’s sentence was handed down.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Robert Fitzgerald reviewed reports from the California Department of Corrections and the Orange County Probation Department regarding Shekell. Both reports suggested a prison sentence.

The defense attorney asked for probation, and the district attorney wanted a longer prison sentence. The family of the sisters who were killed also wanted Shekell to receive a longer sentence.
We at The Law Offices of John P. Burns would like to extend our condolences to the family and friends of the Miguel sisters. We also would like to remind motorists to never drink and drive.


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