Woman Charged in Fatal San Marcos Crash
March 6, 2018 | by Austin Injury Lawyer
San Marcos Remembers Fatal Crash Victim Fabian Guerrero-Moreno
Our hearts go out to the family and friends of crash victims Fabian Guerrero-Moreno, and his wife Kristian Nicole Guerrero. Also lost in the crash was the Guerrero’s unborn child.
Tuesday March 6, Shana Elliott faced the first day of testimony. Proceedings Began at 10:30 am and have included testimony from narcotics task force, and wife and mother of deceased victims.
The 21-year-old San Marcos woman was charged with intoxication manslaughter after a fatal crash on Tuesday August 2, 2016. In trial, Elliott plead guilty to the charges. She was sentenced a 14 year prison term. She received seven years for each intoxication manslaughter charge and 10 years of probation for intoxication assault.
The crash has been reported internationally by DailyMail and nationally by People Magazine.
According to authorities, Shana Lee Elliott was under the influence of alcohol when her Chevrolet Impala crossed into oncoming traffic Tuesday at 6:05 p.m. while driving on Texas 21. The vehicle struck the Toyota Corolla of Fabian Guerrero-Moreno, 23 and Kristian Nicole Guerrero, 24.
According to reports, Fabian Guerrero-Moreno died at the scene of the accident. His wife, Kristian Nicole Guerrero was driving the Corolla. She was taken to a hospital following the crash.
The crash between the Impala and Corolla occurred in the 1700 block of Texas 21 near Texas 80.
The driver of the Impala, Shana Lee Elliott, was taken to Central Texas Medical Center with minor injuries. After release from the hospital she was taken to jail.
Defense doesn’t want these previous drug related situations entered as evidence in front of jury because they feel they’re about boyfriend, not her – in this pic you can see the 3 lb bag of marijuana – judge says almost everything will be admitted – pre trial hearing over @KVUE pic.twitter.com/FKWXJa5U8C
— Christy Millweard (@ChristyM_KVUE) March 6, 2018
During pre trial, a member of the narcotics task force says that he found marijuana, meth, heroin and money in the home of Shana Elliott where she lived for five months before the deadly crash. 3 pounds of marijuana were reportedly found in the defendants home.
Later, in opening statements the prosecution says that it comes down to one question “what should the punishment be for Elliott.” The Texas State University student entered a guilty plea in front of the jury.
At around 11:00 am, the prosecution brought their first witness to the stand. Kristian Guerrero, who lost her husband and unborn baby in the crash. According to Christy Millweard, KVUE News, 25-year-old Guerrero spoke about he crash. It happened on their way home from an immigration appointment in San Antonio. She says she saw a car veering towards her and that she tried to swerve out of the way.
Even after learning her baby had died, Guerrero had to carry him for 4 more days. She spoke of holding him after delivering him, knowing he was gone @KVUE pic.twitter.com/GENwZU45Kh
— Christy Millweard (@ChristyM_KVUE) March 6, 2018
Guerrero learned of her husband’s and child’s death while in the hospital. Due to her own health condition and a brain bleed, doctors recommended that Guerrero wait to deliver the baby.
How Our Community Can Prevent Another San Marcos Car Crash Victim
This fatal San Marcos crash is the latest in fatal crashes in the Austin Metro Area this summer. According to USA Today, most drunk driving fatalities occur during the summer. Could it be because school is out? The winter holidays are commonly considered the most dangerous times for intoxicated driving, but data has flipped the notion that Christmas and New Year’s are also deadly celebrations. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has showed that 10 traffic fatalities occur each day during the 100 days following Memorial Day.
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