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Police reopen 2011 hit-and-run case after victim dies

April 23, 2022 GMT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — California police are reopening a 2011 hit-and-run case after the victim, who was a teenager at the time, died from injuries related to the decade-old collision that left her paralyzed.

Shea Shaw was a 15-year-old high school sophomore leaving a party with her boyfriend at about 1 a.m. on Jan. 8, 2011, when she crossed a San Jose intersection and the car hit her, then fled, San Jose police and family members said Friday.

After the collision Shaw was in a coma and then became a quadriplegic, police said in a statement that did not name Shaw, whose family also confirmed her death. She died on April 19 in hospice care, succumbing to injuries from the collision, the statement said.

The driver and car were never found, police said. A preliminary investigation at the time identified the car as a grey sedan, the statement said, adding that Shaw was in a marked crosswalk when the car struck her.

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A student at Los Gatos High School, Shaw was an exuberant teen who was a cheerleader before the accident stole her life, her mother said.

“She was fun. She was beautiful. She was just becoming a young woman,” Cari Shaw told NBC Bay Area affiliate KNTV-TV. “I didn’t get a great chance to see much of it, because she left.”

Her daughter’s death leaves her feeling hollow she said, but also with “a sense of gratitude because I got to have her for 11 years.”