South Lake Tahoe, Calif. On June 15, 2015, El Dorado County Superior Court Presiding Judge Suzanne Kingsbury sentenced 28 year old Megan Hickel to a state prison sentence of 12 years for killing victims Richard Schwab, 48 and Kelly Christine Schwab, 49, both of Dixon, California.
Hickel pled guilty to two counts of Penal Code section 191.5 (a), gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.On the evening of July 4th 2014, after viewing a Fourth of July fireworks display in South Lake Tahoe, Richard Schwab and his wife Kelly Schwab were returning home to Dixon on Highway 50 when their motorcycle was struck in a cross-over collision by Hickel’s vehicle going in the opposite direction in the Twin Bridges area. The Schwabs were killed instantly.
The case was investigated by the California Highway Patrol, California Highway Patrol MAIT (Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation) Team and El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy District Attorney Michael P. Pizzuti, who prosecuted the case, said the confinement time was the maximum allowed by law because Hickel had no prior criminal record. Deputy District Attorney Pizzuti is assigned to vertically prosecute felony driving under the influence cases and vehicular manslaughter cases for the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office under a traffic safety grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety