POMONA (April 8, 2011) – According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney, a 28-year-old Covina man pleaded guilty on Wednesday April 6, 2011 to two counts of murder for a 2010 fatal DUI collision that left his two female passengers dead, the District Attorney’s office announced.
Alan Michael McConnell is facing 15 years to life in prison when he returns for sentencing on April 22 at Pomona Superior Court before Judge Tia Fisher, said Deputy District Attorney Miji Vellakkatel.
McConnell allegedly had a .15 blood alcohol level when he was driving his car in LaVerne on Jan. 23, 2010. McConnell was fleeing the scene of a minor collision with another car shortly before 12:45 a.m. on Foothill Boulevard at Damien Avenue when he lost control of his vehicle and hit a center divider and a tree.
His two female passengers — Telassie Dague, 22, and Renee Hardy, 20, both of Alta Loma — died in the crash, authorities said.
In exchange for his plea, seven misdemeanor counts were dismissed, including hit-and-run, driving under the influence, driving while having a .08 percent or higher blood alcohol level and driving while license was suspended or revoked.