Carjacker brutally beats up 72-year-old woman to steal car only to die in crash moments later

Carjacker brutally beats up 72-year-old woman to steal car only to die in crash moments later
Shirlene Hernandez was accosted by a robber who died in a crash later (GoFundMe, News 4 San Antonio)

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS: A carjacker who brutally beat up a 72-year-old grandmother and took off with her vehicle reportedly died in a car crash just moments later.

Shirlene Hernandez, from San Antonio, Texas, was accosted by a robber last Tuesday, April 12, when she stopped at a Shell gas station to pick up a Diet Coke. The assailant is said to have punched her in the face repeatedly, leaving her bloodied and bruised before stealing the keys to her vehicle. Three witnesses who tried to intervene were unable to subdue the suspect, who fled the scene with Hernandez's car. Police found the vehicle totaled on the interstate highway shortly after, with the carjacker dead inside.


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"There's a lot of people who would say what goes around comes around, karma. I did not think that; the only thing I got (was) really sad because he had died," Hernandez told WBRC following the incident. "Now granted, he had hurt me, but the Lord saw fit to take him out of his misery."

The elderly Texan is recuperating from her injuries and her face is still black and blue from the assault. However, she's more worried about not having a vehicle to go to work every day. "I just don't want to quit working, and so I've got to somehow get another car. And that takes money and stuff, so I've got to figure out what to do," the embattled grandmother bemoaned. 

Shortly after the incident, local residents and Hernandez's granddaughter Helen Garcia set up a GoFundMe page in order to raise the money to buy a replacement car. The fundraiser's original target was just $5,000, but donations had exceeded $28,000 at the time of publication.



MEAWW previously reported how a 73-year-old grandmother had her arm ripped off and was brutally dragged for almost an entire block to her death. Linda Frickey was jumped by four teens in the afternoon on Monday, March 21 in the Mid-City neighborhood of New Orleans. She had just finished doing some shopping in the area as she left work when the tragic incident took place.

People on the block witnessed the gory incident unfold before their eyes. Frickey got stuck in the seat belt as the robbers were committing the crime. Reportedly, her arm and clothes were ripped off as the teenagers did not stop the car. The suspects were later arrested and her vehicle was later recovered at another location, 13 blocks away from the scene. “The victim, later identified as Linda Frickey, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The preliminary indicates that the victim was thrown from her vehicle during the commission of the offense. The suspects fled in the victim’s 2021 grey Nissan Kicks, bearing a Louisiana license plate 759FAR,” New Orleans Police said in a statement. 

Authorities said a 16-year-old boy and three girls (two aged 15 and another 16) were booked at the Juvenile Justice Intervention Center on one count of second-degree murder. “The mother of one of the 15-year-old female suspects turned her daughter into police. Later in the evening, officers located and arrested the male suspect and one of the female suspects at the location after receiving information from the male suspect’s parents,” police said. The remaining female suspect surrendered to police on March 22. All the teens had prior arrests. 

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