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Woman sought on vehicular manslaughter warrant turns herself in to El Dorado authorities

Published: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 - 5:26 pm

An El Dorado County woman sought on a $1 million vehicular manslaughter warrant in the April 2013 death of a bicyclist in Pollock Pines surrendered Saturday to El Dorado County Sheriff’s authorities.

Michelle Erickson, 31, was being held in lieu of $1 million bail Saturday at El Dorado County Jail in Placerville, said jail officials.

Erickson was driving on Pony Express Trail west of Pony Bob Drive on April 26, 2013, according to reports at the time from the Mountain Democrat newspaper of Placerville, when she allegedly struck the cyclist. The cyclist died of injuries several days later, the Mountain Democrat reported.

According to news reports, Erickson was later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, but was released on bail in May.

El Dorado County District Attorney’s officials said Erickson, who also goes by the last name Clough, was last seen in the Pollock Pines area. Prosecutors later issued the $1 million arrest warrant.

Sheriff’s officials said Erickson came forward Saturday morning.

“She called one of our deputies and arranged to meet at the jail where she turned herself in,” said El Dorado County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jeff Leikauf.

Editor's Note: This version has been updated to omit a reference to Erickson as having "dropped out of sight." The El Dorado District Attorney's Office said Erickson continued to live and work in the community but did not respond in a timely manner to its efforts to contact her. Corrected on Feb. 6, 2014.

Call The Bee’s Darrell Smith, (916) 321-1040.

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