Expert Witnesses Present Opposing Vehicular Manslaughter Evidence

Edith Delgado has pleaded not guilty to three counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence. An eye witness and an expert witness for the defense testified Friday that Delgado was traveling just 70 miles per hour last July when she struck an SUV on U.S. Highway 101 resulting in the deaths of three people. The prosecution’s claims that Delgado, 19, was driving between 80 and 90 mph when she sideswiped a Ford Explorer. The accident took the lives of Tonga’s Prince Tu’ipelehake, 54, Princess Kaimana Tu’ipelehake, 45, and the driver of the Explorer, Vinisia Hefa.

Chris Kauderer, traffic-accident reconstruction expert witness, used accident simulation software to show that Delgado was traveling at 70 mph. Eyewitnesses claimed that Delgado was driving closer to 80 mph and seemed to be racing a black Cadillac Escalade.

Expert witness Kauderer contradicted the testimony of John Daly, an accident-reconstruction expert witness for the prosecution who testified earlier in the week that it was impossible to tell how fast the Mustang was traveling, reports