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Driver in fatal wrong-way crash released from jail on bond

Shelby Whitney Taylor (Rusk County Jail) Shelby Whitney Taylor (Rusk County Jail)
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GREGG COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The Henderson woman, charged with manslaughter after a wrong-way crash that killed two children and their mother, is out of jail on bond.

Shelby Whitney Taylor, 22, was released from the Rusk County Jail on Friday after she posted a $751,00 bond. Taylor is charged with three counts of intoxication manslaughter and DWI. 

During their investigation, the Department of Public Safety secured a DWI search warrant for Taylor, who has not been indicted. 

Kilgore police say they responded to a major crash on Loop 259 near Dudley Road just outside of the Kilgore city limits around 1 a.m. on July 10. When they arrived they found that two children, 6-year-old Ryera Patel and 12-year-old Trish Patel, had been killed in the crash. The children's mother, Heena Patel, 43, was unresponsive and their father, Ketanbhai Patel, 42, was moving about in a daze. Heena later died at a Longview hospital.

DPS troopers say say the family, traveling through the area from Central Texas, was driving northbound on Loop 259 in a minivan when Kentanbhai spotted an oil field truck driven by Taylor heading southbound in the northbound lane. The father tried to take evasive action, but ended up striking Taylor's truck. The children were laying on blankets in the backseat of the van and were not wearing seatbelts.

Taylor has a previous arrest on her record for DWI. She was arrested in Rusk County in October 2013.

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