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Woman pleads guilty to vehicular manslaughter in drunk driving case

October 28, 2010 |  7:41 pm

An Anaheim woman pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter Thursday in the deaths of two sisters who were killed a year ago in a head-on collision, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office.

Jessica Lynn Shekell, 22, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.26% on Oct. 26, 2009, when she drove her pickup in the wrong direction on the westbound 91 Freeway near Gypsum Canyon Road. Shekell crashed head-on into a pickup driven by Sally Miguel, 49, of San Bernardino, and carrying her sister Patricia Miguel, 30, and their nieces, Mary Miguel, 15, and Sara Miguel, 11. The group was returning home from Knott's Berry Farm.

Sally Miguel was pronounced dead at the scene. Patricia Miguel died later at a hospital. Their nieces suffered internal injuries.

Shekell faces a maximum sentence of 19 years and eight months in prison when she is sentenced in December.

-- Raja Abdulrahim