Criminal Justice

One TSU Law Student Dead, Another Critical After Being Struck by Car in Police Chase

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A second-year law student at Texas Southern University was killed late Tuesday and a classmate in her car was hospitalized in critical condition after a hit-and-run accident resulting from a police chase.

The death of Halley Catherine Shaw, 27, stunned fellow students at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, the Houston Chronicle reports.

“She was a sweetheart, and it’s sad, really sad,” said second-year Whitney Salter. “It makes you well up, I mean you’re here one day and you’re gone the next.”

Shaw was a passenger in a Nissan Altima struck by a Buick LeSabre as it ran a red light during a police chase, the newspaper reports. A graduate of the law school was also in the Altima and was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Authorities are still investigating a series of events in the Harris County accident, which began after patrol officers asked two men sitting in the LeSabre near TSU to get out of the car. The passenger complied and was held, but the driver allegedly sped off and eluded police.

An individual who may be connected to the accident turned himself in to police yesterday and is being questioned. No charges, however, have been filed.

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