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Woman given treatment, not jail, for fatal DUI

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

October 18, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Newport Beach woman was sentenced to a treatment program on Monday in lieu of jail for a drunken driving crash that killed a pedestrian in 2009.Shana Lynne Calderon, 21, was driving her white 1995 Ford Explorer on California State Route 55 in December 2009 in Costa Mesa when she hit a pedestrian at the intersection of Newport Boulevard and 19th Street.

The victim, 29-year-old Michael McLaughlin, smashed into Calderon's windshield and flew into the street. Calderon stopped her car and briefly spoke to a witness at the scene. Shortly after, she and her passenger took off.

McLaughlin was transported to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana where he died a week later from injuries he suffered from the crash.

A few hours after the crash, Calderon turned herself in to Costa Mesa police. Officers noted that she showed clear signs of intoxication, including slurred speech, strong odor of alcohol in her breath and bloodshot eyes.

At the time of her arrest, officers also found she was carrying prescription drug paraphernalia and she was driving without a valid driver's license.

Calderon pleaded guilty in August 2010 to one felony count of hit-and-run causing death, one misdemeanor count each of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or more, possession of control substance paraphernalia and driving without a valid license.

Calderon was sentenced to one year in a residential treatment program instead of jail and three years of probation.