Killer of royalty heads back to jail

A young Bay Area woman whose speeding Mustang caused a 2006 wreck that killed three people — including a Tongan prince and princess — is expected to be ordered back to jail today after savoring freedom for a year.

The Bayshore Freeway crash caused a Ford Explorer carrying the royalty members to flip over. The accident killed 55-yearold Prince Tu’ipelehake and 46-year-old Princess Kaimana Aleamotu’a Tuku’aho, as well as their driver, 36-year-old East Palo Alto woman Vinisia Hefa.

Edith Delgado, now 20, was sentenced to two years in jail last year by a San Mateo County judge after she was found guilty of three misdemeanor counts of vehicular manslaughter for driving negligently at the time of the July 2006 crash. She was found not guilty of more serious felony charges.

Delgado had already served most of that time when the sentence was announced, and she was released on $100,000 bail while she appealed the verdict. Last week, a state appeals court upheld the conviction and sentence.

Delgado is scheduled to appear before a judge today, who is expected to order her back to jail to serve the rest of her sentence. She will likely spend another five to six months in San Mateo County Women’s Jail, according to Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Over the past year, Delgado has worked for a legal service, according to her attorney, Randy Moore.

“This delay has been just marvelous, because she’s been able to go out and get herself this job and be productive,” Moore said. “I don’t see what good jail is going to do, but she’s taken responsibility.”

jupton@sfexaminer.com

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