Former legislative aid indicted in fatal hit-and-run
Gabrielle Nestande, 24
The 24-year-old Legislative aid who police say was driving the car struck and killed a woman in West Austin in May was indicted by a Travis Grand Jury Thursday afternoon for failure to stop and render aid, a third-degree felony.
Officials say Gabrielle Jane Nestande, a former administrative assistant to Republican Rep. Wayne Christian, was driving the car that struck and killed 30-year-old Courtney Griffin in the early morning hours of May 27. Griffin was walking to her home in Tarrytown when she was struck on the 1600 block of Exposition Boulevard, between Bridle Path and Bonnie Road.
A homeowner in the area discovered Griffin’s body in her driveway and called police shortly after 5 a.m.
An anonymous tip later that same morning led officers to a black BMW parked not too far from the scene. Police linked the BMW to Nestande and arrested her at the State Capitol that afternoon. She was released from Travis County Jail several hours later on $35,000 bail.
Police believe alcohol played a factor in the crash. Nestande's attorneys have denied that. If convicted, Nestande faces two to 10 years in prison.