• October 04, 2022

Yolanda Shelby Killed in Hit-and-Run on Loyola Ln in Austin, TX

Austin, TX — September 27, 2022, 54-year-old Yolanda Shelby died in a hit-and-run accident at an intersection in Austin.

Authorities say the incident happened Tuesday at the crossing of Crystalbrook Drive and Loyola Lane. Preliminary investigation suggests Shelby was driving a Toyota Corolla south on Crystalbrook when she started to turn east on Loyola. As she turned the Toyota was hit by a westbound Honda Accord. The Honda's driver, later identified as 20-year-old Jarai Brady, fled the scene but was later located and arrested and charged with failure to stop and render aid.

Shelby was taken to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Yolanda Shelby Hit-and-Run in Austin

Hopefully with the suspect in custody police can learn something about his motivations for leaving the scene after fatally injuring someone. What on earth could have possessed him to do that?

That has many possible answers, including a simple panic response to a stressful situation, but investigators often find that a driver took off because they had something to hide. That could be any number of things, including active warrants or no license, but many times it's learned they fled because they were intoxicated. I'm not making any accusations or insinuations about the Austin accident, but I suspect investigators will look into that possibility--which could have further implications due to Texas dram shop law.

Yolanda Shelby Killed in Hit-and-Run on Loyola Ln in Austin, TX

I'm not saying alcohol was definitely a factor in Austin, only that it and other issues must be considered. Many crashes, including hit-and-runs, are more complicated than they initially seem. Some may think this matter is close to closed since the suspect was apprehended, but depending on his reasons for fleeing the scene there may be more work to do. Right now further action, if any, largely depends on what investigators find out.

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