• December 07, 2022

Shannon Carrell Injured in Hit-and-Run on Hwy 96 in Jasper County, TX

Jasper County, TX — December 4, 2022, 24-year-old Shannon Carrell was injured in a hit-and-run crash on Highway 96 in Jasper County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 6:00 p.m. on the highway near County Road 313, between Jasper and Kirbyville. Preliminary investigation suggests Carrell was driving a Dodge SUV north when she was struck from behind b a Jeep. The Jeep driver then fled the scene but investigators reportedly found the vehicle abandoned on a nearby local road.

Carrell was injured in the collision and was taken to a Jasper hospital for treatment.

The investigation continues. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Shannon Carrell Hit-and-Run in Jasper County

It's always frustrating to see another hit-and-run take place on Texas roads, but at least in this case police seem to have found the runaway vehicle. That's usually a good start for finding suspects, as they can often follow the paper trail back to its owner. Sometimes the registrant is the suspect, but if not they often at least know the driver.

Once police track down a suspect they can hopefully learn why they ran off after hurting someone on the highway. Sometimes people just panic in a stressful situation, but other times they want to hide something from law enforcement--illegal contraband like guns or drugs, suspended licenses, active arrest warrants, or something else they think will land them in even hotter water.

Shannon Carrell Injured in Hit-and-Run on Hwy 96 in Jasper County, TX

Many times the driver is intoxicated and either don't want police to know or drunkenly believe they can outrun their crime. If investigators find out that was true for the Jasper County suspect, the source of their alcohol should be learned in case a local business violated dram shop law. In that case the business might have a legal duty to help the injured victim get back on her feet.

Before anyone can really know the specific reason the driver fled, though, police have to catch them. With the vehicle in their possession, hopefully it's just a matter of time before they trace it back to a suspect. It may take a little time, but I remain confident that diligence and community cooperation will see justice done.

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