The family of the 18-year-old accused of causing the car crash that killed members of the Tongan royal family will make its first formal public statement today in San Jose, a week after the royal couple was buried in their native land.
Marivel Delgado, Edith Delgado’s older sister who gave tearful testimony at a review hearing to reduce her sister’s bail, will speak at a news conference in San Jose called by
Edith’s attorney, Randy Moore.
Moore’s office also indicated that they are in the process of setting up a Web site in support of Edith Delgado, www.mooredelgadonews.com.
Charged with three counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and with a bail of $3 million, the Redwood City native is due back in court Sept. 20 for the July 5 car wreck that killed Prince Tu’ipelehake, 56, and Princess Kaimana, 46, of Tonga, along with their close friend and driver, Vinisia Hefa, 36.
The prince and princess were embarking on a tour to discuss political reforms with Tongan communities around the country.
Shortly after 9 p.m. on July 5, Delgado was driving a white Mustang with an 18-year-old passenger on northbound U.S. Highway 101, reaching speeds around 100 mph and racing a Black Cadillac Escalade that has yet to be found, police contend.
She allegedly clipped the Tongans’ vehicle, causing it to roll over several times and killing everyone inside.
Delgado was arrested at the crash site, just north of Willow Road, and tested negative for drugs and alcohol, police said.
The Tongan royal family forgave Delgado, but did not ask prosecutors to drop the charges against her.