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South Lake Tahoe woman sentenced for death of Dixon couple in 2014 collision

A South Lake Tahoe woman has been sentenced to 12 years in state prison for the deaths of a Dixon couple in a vehicle collision last year.

Megan Hickel, 28, was sentenced Monday in South Lake Tahoe by El Dorado County Superior Court Presiding Judge Suzanne Kingsbury. Hickel pleaded guilty to two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in the deaths of Richard Schwab, 48, and his wife, Kelly Christine Schwab, 49, according to El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office news release.

After viewing the July 4 fireworks display in South Lake Tahoe, the Shwabs were returning home to Dixon on Highway 50 in the Twin Bridges area when Hickel’s vehicle, traveling in the opposite direction, crossed the center line and struck the Schwabs’ motorcycle. The Schwabs were killed instantly.

The case was investigated by the California Highway Patrol and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. According to the District Attorney’s Office, the sentence is the maximum allowed by law because Hickel had no prior criminal record.