SANTA ANA, CA - Jessica Lynn Shekell was convicted today for killing two sisters and injuring their two nieces by crashing head-on into their vehicle while driving the wrong direction on the freeway, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office
On Oct. 25, 2009, Shekell consumed several alcoholic beverages at two bars in Placentia while out with friends. At approximately 2:55 a.m. on Oct. 26, 2009, Shekell drove while under the influence of alcohol the wrong direction eastbound into oncoming traffic on westbound State Route 91 (SR 91) in her Toyota pick-up truck near Gypsum Canyon Road. Two California Highway Patrol officers observed the defendant driving 50 mph the wrong direction and initiated a traffic break on the freeway in order to stop Shekell's car.
As the officers exited SR 91 and re-entered the freeway heading westbound to attempt to stop the defendant, Shekell crashed head-on into a Chevrolet pick-up truck driven by 49-year-old Sally Miguel. Sally Miguel, her 30-year-old sister Patricia Miguel, and their nieces, 15-year-old Mary Miguel and 11-year-old Sara Miguel, were driving home to San Bernardino after spending the evening together at Knott's Berry Farm.
Shekell's vehicle and the victims' vehicle were totaled. Sally Miguel was pronounced dead at the scene. Patricia, who was riding in the front passenger seat, was transported to Western Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead shortly after 4:20 a.m. Shekell caused the crash that resulted in the blunt force injuries that killed both victims. Mary and Sara Miguel were also transported to the hospital to be treated for internal injuries they had sustained in the crash.
Shekell was transported to the hospital and treated for facial trauma and fractures to her arms. Approximately 45 minutes after the crash, Shekell had a blood alcohol level of .26 percent.