Woman Accused in Hit-and-Run Faces New Charges 10/28/12
October 28, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - An Austin woman accused in a crash that left a pedestrian dead last year now faces new, more serious charges in the incident.
Gabrielle Nestande, a former state legislative employee, pleaded not guilty Friday to the new charges of intoxication manslaughter and manslaughter. Each charge carries a penalty of two to 20 years in prison.
The Austin American-Statesman reports that a Travis County grand jury indicted 25-year-old Nestande on Wednesday on the new charges. She had previously been charged with failure to stop and render aid in the death of 30-year-old Courtney Griffin.
A few hours after Griffin's body was found in a driveway, an anonymous 911 caller reported seeing a car with a broken windshield about a half-mile away. Officials say the car was traced to Nestande.