Alleged drunken driver who killed 3 released on bond

Alleged drunken driver who killed 3 released on bond
Rusk County Sheriff's Office

POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 1:30pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 11:46am

The woman accused of killing a woman and her two children in an alleged drunken driving incident has been released on bond.

According to the Rusk County Sheriff's Office, Shelby Taylor, 22, of Henderson, was set free after posting a $751,000 bond on Friday. The suspect was facing a 2013 DWI, among other charges, before the fatal crash occurred.

The Rusk County District Attorney's Office has filed three manslaughter charges against her for the deaths of Rudra Patel, 5, Trisha Patel, 12, and Heena Patel, 43. The father, 42-year-old Ketanbhai Patel, survived the crash.

According to DPS, an oil field truck, driven by Taylor, was headed southbound in the northbound lane of 259 near the Gregg and Rusk County when it collided with a van. Trooper Jean Dark stated Kentanbhai attempted to avoid the crash, but he was not able to dodge the truck in time. The suspect also had a passenger in the truck with her who was identified as Sarah Furlong, 21. 

Taylor faces three manslaughter charges and a DWI charge in the deadly wreck near Kilgore.

The case remains under investigation.

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Would not be surprised if they never saw her again.

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