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Delhi driver will spend one year in jail for fatal crash
Michael Lindo

The man behind the wheel in a drunk driving collision that claimed the life of a Delhi teenager will be spending the next year in jail for two probation violations.

Michael Lindo, 33, of Delhi was sentenced to one year in jail by a Merced County judge for the crash that killed Jennifer Arroyo, 17, of Delhi.

Initially, Lindo was arrested by the California Highway Patrol on suspicion of first-degree murder, DUI causing great bodily harm and/or death, hit and run resulting in death, and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. However, after reviewing the evidence, the Merced County District Attorney’s Office opted to not pursue felony charges because it did not seem likely a conviction could be reached.

On Jan. 23, Lindo was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe east on August Avenue when he struck Arroyo, who was walking along the street. He was going an estimated 30 miles per hour at the time, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A witness to the incident began CPR on Arroyo, but her injuries were too severe and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lindo initially left the scene of the collision, but he later returned. Because he returned shortly after the collision and did call 911, the district attorney’s office stated they could not pursue felony hit and run charges.

Lindo was given a field sobriety test, of which he passed three and failed one. He took a breathalyzer, which showed his blood alcohol limit to be .05, which is under the legal limit to drive of .08. The CHP arrested Lindo on the suspicion he was at or above the legal limit at the time of the collision.

On Jan. 26, Lindo entered a no contest plea in Merced County Superior Court to a misdemeanor charge of tampering with an interlock device and driving on a suspended or revoked license. He was later released from custody.

On Friday he admitted to the violation of his probation for two previous DUI convictions. He was sentenced to six months in jail on each violation, for a total of 12 months.