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Alleged Drunk Driver Released on Bond

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

A woman facing three intoxication manslaughter charges was released on bond on Friday. She is accused of a July 10 drunk driving crash that left a woman and her two children dead.

Suspect Pays $751,000 Bond

KLTV reports that 22-year-old Shelby Taylor was released from jail on Friday after posting a $751,000 bond.

The Rusk County District Attorney’s Office currently has three charges of intoxication manslaughter filed against Taylor in connection with a fatal accident that claimed the lives of Rudra Patel, 5, Trisha Patel, 12, and Heena Patel, 43.

DPS claims Taylor was behind the wheel of an oil field truck when she drove southbound in the northbound lane of Loop 259 and collided with the victims’ van near Gregg County.

The driver of the van, father and husband Ketanbhai Patel, 42, attempted to avoid the truck, but was unable to get out of the way in time. He was the only occupant of the van to survive the collision.

In addition to the manslaughter charges, Taylor is also facing other charges, including DWI from 2013.

Texas Car Crash Statistics

The following information is provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • In 2013, Texas recorded 3,377 traffic fatalities.
  • 55.76 percent of the traffic fatalities recorded in the state in 2013 occurred in rural areas.
  • Alcohol was determined to be a contributing factor in 1,089 of the recorded fatalities.
  • 232,041 people were injured in Texas auto accident with 89,270 suffering a serious injury.


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