O.C. Drunk Driver Pleads Guilty to Vehicular Manslaughter

On Thursday, October 28, 2010, an Anaheim woman pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular manslaughter from a drunk driving car crash that occurred on October 26, 2009.

Jessica Lynn Shekell, the 23-year-old drunk driver, entered the 91 freeway heading the wrong way and drove into oncoming traffic last fall. Witnesses reported that Shekell’s car was traveling eastbound on the 91 freeway into westbound traffic. At approximately 2:55 a.m., her car collided head-on into a Chevrolet pickup truck carrying four people.

Sally Miguel, the 49-year-old driver of the pickup truck, was traveling back home with her sister and her two nieces after a day at Knott’s Berry Farm. Both Sally Miguel and her sister, Patricia Miguel, 30, were tragically killed in this fatal Southern California car crash. Miguel’s two nieces, 11-year-old Sara Miguel and 15-year-old Mary Miguel, sustained internal injuries. However, they did survive the crash.

Shekell sustained facial trauma and fractures to both arms. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office said that Shekell was driving at the time of the wreck with a blood-alcohol level of 0.26 percent, which exceeds the legal limit of 0.08.

Shekell pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular manslaughter and to felony drunk-driving causing injuries. She faces the possibility of over 19 years in prison for her actions.

We are saddened to hear about this tragic drunk driving accident, and send our thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of all the victims involved.


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