UPDATED at 6:45 p.m. 4/25/12: Marie Delores Hidalgo pleaded no contest to one count of gross vehicular manslaughter and was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday for the head-on collision that killed Timothy Howard McKelvey, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s office told the Santa Clarita Valley Signal. Hidalgo was reportedly given credit for six days.
Updated at 4:30 p.m. 4/23/12: The victim has been identified as Timothy Howard McKelvey, 54, of Lancaster, according to the Los Angeles County Coroners Office.
LANCASTER – A 54-year old man was killed early this morning after his motorcycle collided head on with an alleged drunk driver who was travelling on the wrong side of the road, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The alleged drunk driver, 40-year-old Marie Delores Hidalgo of Lancaster, then fled the scene on foot, but was captured and arrested for felony driving under the influence of alcohol, according to authorities.
The collision happened around 2:40 a.m. on 50th Street East, south of Avenue I in Lancaster.
According to the CHP report, Hidalgo, while under the influence of alcohol, was driving a Honda Civic south on 50th Street East at approximately 50 to 55 miles per hour. She was driving in the northbound lane on the wrong side of the road, the report states.
Hidalgo’s vehicle collided head on with a 1980 Harley Davidson Motorcycle that was going north on 50th Street East, south of Avenue I.
The driver of the motorcycle was a 54-year-old man who died at the scene, said Antelope Valley CHP spokesman Gilberto Hernandez.
Hernandez said Hidalgo was not at the scene when officers arrived, but officers found her after canvassing the area. They found her in the vicinity of 40th Street East, just north of Avenue J, the report stated.
“She[Hidalgo] met the description that the witnesses put out, she had abrasions to her face, and she admitted to having been in a vehicle involved in a collision,” said Hernandez. “She said she didn’t know what she had hit, but our questioning led us to believe that she was the driver of that vehicle.”
Hernandez said Hidalgo was given a field sobriety test at Antelope Valley Hospital and was determined to be under the influence of alcohol. She was arrested for felony driving under the influence, he said. Hernandez said he could not release Hidalgo’s blood alcohol level because the matter was still under investigation.
Hernandez said the roadway was shut down around Avenue I and 50th Street East from about 3 a.m. to approximately 8 a.m. this morning.
This is the fourth person to die from an alleged DUI crash on Lancaster roadways this year.
On February 26, Beau Josh Owen Fluker, 26, and Jeffrey Gilstrap, 23, were killed after a suspected drunken driver crashed into their vehicle on Avenue J and 20th Street West in Lancaster. The driver, Tommie Lee Cole, 24, was charged with two counts of murder and the case is pending.
On March 13, Angelica Goins-Jones was killed after colliding with a suspected drunken driver in the intersection of 10th Street West and Avenue L in Lancaster. The driver, Jodi Biers, 28, was charged with murder and the case is pending.