APD arrests Capitol aide in Exposition fatal hit and run

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by MORGAN CHESKY / KVUE News and REBEKAH HOOD / KVUE.com

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Posted on May 27, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 18 at 12:40 PM

AUSTIN, TX - Austin police located the vehicle and driver accused of a fatal hit and run accident that  happened Friday morning in the 1600 block of Exposition Blvd. in West Austin.

Police say 23-year-old Gabrielle Jane Nestande hit a woman pedestrian but never stopped. KVUE News learned Nestande works as an aide to State Rep. Wayne Christian.

Christian's office released a statement Friday at 1 p.m. saying, "This morning, May 27, 2011 Texas Department of Public Safety requested to question one of Representative Christian's employees.  Rep. Christian and his office are cooperating fully with authorities as needed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the parties involved."

Police arrested Nestande Friday around noon. The arrest came after an anonymous 911 call claiming there was a damaged black BMW car just blocks away from the accident scene. Once police matched the evidence, they arrested Nestande at the Capitol. They say she is being charged with with failure to stop and render aid, a third degree felony.

Neighbors found the victim’s body around 5:15 a.m. and called 911. She died on the side of the road in front of someone’s house. Police do not know how long the woman's body had been there before someone saw her.
 
Detectives spent the morning searching over the roadway.

Officers took pictures for evidence and marked areas, like the curb near the woman's body, with a cone. They said there were what appeared to be pieces of a vehicle.

Police told KVUE the victim was a 30-year-old woman, who was not dressed in workout clothes and was believed to have been walking home when the accident happened.
 
Anyone with information is asked to call the APD highway tip line at 512-974-4779.

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