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Driver in fatal Redding hit-and-run was sentenced for another car theft a week earlier

Frank Joseph Delahunty
Frank Joseph Delahunty Shasta County Sheriff's Office

A man arrested for a fatal hit-and-run in Redding on Wednesday had been sentenced to probation for another car theft just one week before the collision, which resulted in the death of a 68-year-old woman, according to court records.

Redding police arrested Frank Joseph Delahunty, 24, after he fled the scene of a collision at the intersection of State Route 273 and Girvan Road on Wednesday afternoon. Police said the Toyota SUV Delahunty was driving had been reported stolen during an earlier residential burglary.

Authorities said Delahunty was driving the vehicle north on State Route 273 when he ran a red light and broadsided a Toyota RAV4. The driver of the RAV4 was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Authorities later identified the victim as Marcie Jane Shelby, 68, of Anderson.

Delahunty fled the scene on foot but was later located and arrested on charges of vehicular manslaughter, first-degree burglary, knowingly possessing a stolen vehicle, hit-and-run resulting in death, vehicle theft, driving on a suspended license and a violation of his felony probation terms.

Delahunty had been sentenced to probation March 28 for possession of stolen property in relation to another vehicle theft in which he was involved, authorities said.

Delahunty is being held without bail for a separate case regarding his probation violations, the District Attorney's Office said in a news release.

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