Vanessa Carrillo pleaded guilty April 6 to felony hit-and-run and misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charges after the court had told her what her sentence would be if she pleaded guilty prior to her plea, according to Assistant District Attorney Carol Shipley.
There is no indication how much time Carrillo will actually spend in jail. Sheriff Adam Christianson will decide that, as new laws dealing with overcrowding in prisons and jails give the sheriff the power to determine how much time she serves, Shipley said.
Shipley said Carrillo’s sentence was not unusual for this time of case, given that she had no prior criminal record before the incident.
“We believe it was an appropriate sentence,” she said.
Carrillo admitted to hitting 27-year-old cyclist, Patrick O’Connor, from behind with her 1999 Toyota while driving westbound on Fulkerth Road, just east of North Blaker Road on Sept. 1, 2010.
According to California Highway Patrol reports at the time, Carrillo continued driving home, but admitted in a 9-1-1 call about an hour later that she thought she had hit a dog. Later, after further questioning, Carrillo divulged to officers that she had stopped in the road after she hit the man’s bicycle and, looking in her rear-view mirror, might have seen a body on the ground.
O’Connor, a tax consultant from Sacramento, was reportedly in training for an Iron Man competition at the time.