A 17-year-old girl from Immokalee, Fla. has been charged regarding the hit-and-run accident that killed Northern Michigan University Alumnus Evan Shepherd, according to NBC 2 in Ft. Myers.
Yariza Herrara was arrested at a juvenile detention center on Monday.
Herrara is accused of leaving the scene of a crash. Witnesses said that she drove the white Kia Optima that ran a red light, colliding with Shepherd’s car and pinning it against a tree on January 25. Shepherd was stuck inside the vehicle and died later at a nearby hospital.
Witnesses of the crash turned into Good Samaritans, stopping to help Shepherd. NBC 2 said that dozens of people stopped to help him.
“He had people there praying for him and his well being,” said Tabitha Hansen, who witnessed the accident.
Shepherd moved to the Ft. Myers area to be near family after graduating from NMU. While in Marquette, he was a member of the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity and an umpire for the Marquette Men’s Slowpitch softball league. Shepherd was working as a graphic artist in Florida.
Herrera was charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death.