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Driver in vehicular manslaughter case sentenced, autopsy performed

Posted: April 25, 2012 6:25 p.m.
Updated: April 25, 2012 6:25 p.m.

A Lancaster woman pleaded no contest to one count of gross vehicular manslaughter and was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday in connection with a head-on collision in Lancaster Monday that killed a motorcyclist.

Marie Delores Hidalgo, 40, pleaded no contest to the charge in San Fernando Superior Court, and the judge immediately sentenced her to four years in a state prison, District Attorney's office spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said.

"She was given credit for six days," Gibbons said.

Hidalgo was the driver of a Honda sedan traveling southbound in the northbound lane of 50th East Street in Lancaster at 2:40 a.m. Monday when the car ran head-on into a 1982 Harley-Davidson driven by 54-year-old Timothy Howard McKelvey.

"McKelvey was killed at the scene of the collision," Lt. Fred Corral said. "The official cause of death is accidental death due to multiple traumatic injuries."

An autopsy on McKelvey was completed Tuesday, Corral said.

Officials said both Monday and Tuesday that McKelvey was a resident of Castaic, but Corral said Wednesday he lived in Lancaster.

Phone records show McKelvey may have lived recently in both locations.




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