Former Marine Convicted in Hollywood Hit-and-Run Crash

Two people in a crosswalk were killed in the 2008 crash

A former Marine was convicted Wednesday in a Hollywood hit-and-run crash that killed two people.

Sergio Rogelio Delgado was convicted on all five charges, including two charges of murder, two charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and a charge of leaving the scene of a crime.

The crash occurred July 13, 2008 at the intersection of Wilcox and Hollywood Boulevard. Delgado, 32, ran a red light during a police pursuit and struck Cecilia Diaz and Pedro Davila in a crosswalk, according to authorities.

Prosecutors said his blood-alcohol level was nearly four times the legal limit. He had a previous drunken driving conviction in 2003.

The defense argued that Delgado suffered post-traumatic stress disorder after his military service. He checked into a Veterans Administration hospital in 2006 and into a hospital five days before the crash because he  was suffering paranoid delusions, according to his attorney.

The jury must still determine whether Delgado was legally sane or insane at the time of the crash. The sanity phase will continue at 9:30 a.m., Thursday.

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