Rep. Wayne Christian aid arrested for fatal hit and run in Austin

Gabrielle Nestande's mug shot; source: Austin Police Dept.
Gabrielle Nestande's mug shot; source: Austin Police Dept.

An aide for East Texas Representative Wayne Christian (R) was arrested Friday afternoon for an early morning hit and run accident in a West Austin neighborhood.

According to Austin Police, they received a call around 5:12 a.m. Friday morning from a neighbor who observed a woman laying on the ground at the end of her driveway.  Officers and EMS arrived on the scene to find the person deceased.  They believed she was killed after being struck by a vehicle.

Gabrielle Nestrande, 23, an aide in Rep. Christian's capitol office was questioned, then arrested for failure to stop and render aid, a third degree felony.

A statement from Rep. Christian was released Friday afternoon saying they were "cooperating fully with authorities as need", and their "thoughts and prayers are with all the parties involved".

The identity of the deceased has not been released pending notification of next of kin.