1 dead, 1 arrested after hit-and-run in Shiner

March 18, 2017 at 10:42 p.m.
Updated March 18, 2017 at 11:40 p.m.

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A 55-year-old Shiner man was pronounced dead at the scene after a hit-and-run Saturday afternoon, said Shiner Police Chief Ronnie Leck.

First responders were dispatched about 12:40 p.m. to the 1400 block of North Avenue E, where a 2001 Mercury westbound on U.S. 90A struck Leslie Hanzel Jr., 55, while he was mowing grass near the roadway, Leck said.

April Riley, 34, the driver of the Mercury, fled the scene after hitting Hanzel, who was propelled a distance after the impact, Leck said.

Riley was apprehended at 5:30 p.m. at a residence in Gonzales County, taken into custody and transported to the Lavaca County Jail.

She was charged with accident involving death - failure to render aid, a second-degree felony, Leck said.

Hanzel was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Mark Ivey at 1:55 p.m.

Leck said Hanzel was employed by the city of Shiner as a groundskeeper.

No bond information for Riley was available Saturday afternoon.


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