SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Charlean Larue Welch was sentenced to 12 years in state prison for fleeing the scene of an accident that killed 14-year-old Jade Maldonado in San Bernardino.
Welch, 55, of San Bernardino was arrested on October 8, 2018, nearly two weeks after she struck and killed Jade Maldonado in a crosswalk and fled the scene.
On the morning of September 28, 2018, Maldonado was walking to Pacific High School and was struck by a vehicle at Pacific Street and Glasgow Avenue. Officials said that Maldonado was in the crosswalk when a 2000 Chevy Suburban struck her and fled the scene.
Police released a grainy surveillance photo of a tan colored 2000 to 2004 GMC SUV that was sought in the fatal hit-and-run crash.
Investigators thanked the public who provided tips that ultimately led them to the SUV that was found in a body-shop near where the collision happened. Officials said Welch was attempting to have someone work on the SUV.
Welch was arrested at the San Bernardino CHP station after she voluntarily walked in to make a statement on October 8, 2018.
According to public arrest records, Welch had three previous convictions in Los Angeles County, two of which were prior felony convictions.
On January 8, 2019, Welch appeared in a San Bernardino County courtroom where she pleaded Guilty to the Felony Charge of Vehicular Manslaughter With Gross Negligence, and admitted having Prior Felony Convictions.
A judge sentenced her to 12 years and she was also given credit for 94 days served plus 94 days conduct credit. Welch will serve the remaining balance at a 50% credit rate.
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