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Texas Women Indicted for Intoxication Manslaughter

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Danielle Dougall3 years ago

Longview News-Journal reports that a Henderson resident, Shelby Whitney Taylor, 22, has been indicted on three counts of intoxication manslaughter. District Attorney Michael Jimerson stated that the charges were issued in Rusk County last Wednesday, October 10th.

About the Auto Accident

Shelby Whitney Taylor was arrested on July 10, 2014, following the collision in Kilgore that killed a mother and her two daughters. The wreck occurred about 1 a.m. after a pickup truck that Taylor was driving struck a van carrying the family while traveling southbound on the U.S. 259.

A Public Safety officer pronounced Ryera and Trish Patel, ages 5 and 12, dead at the scene. Their 43-year-old mother Heena, passed away at a hospital in Longview, Texas four days later. As reported by Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Jean Dark, the collision also sent the van’s driver, Ketanbhai Patel, 42, to the hospital with minor injuries.

The family was from Caldwell, Texas.

Taylor met bonds amounting to $750,000 following her release from the Rusk County Jail. She and her passenger, 21-year-old Sarah Furlong, were also treated for minor injuries.

The charge against Shelby Taylor, intoxication manslaughter, is a second-degree felony with an imprisonment that ranges from 2-20 years and a maximum fine of $10,000 upon conviction.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

The following data was gathered by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,377 people were killed in auto accidents in Texas in 2013.
  • 1,089 people were killed in traffic collisions involving a driver that was under the influence of alcohol, accounting for 32.2 percent of all auto accident fatalities.
  • 1,833 traffic fatalities occurred in rural areas and 523 deaths were attributed to head-on collisions.
  • Another 232,041 people were injured with 89,270 people sustaining serious injuries.


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