Woman responsible for 2015 hit-and-run death headed to trial for violating plea deal

A Fort Myers woman rejected a plea deal for violation of probation in a fatal hit-and-run case, sending the new case to trial.

Yariza Herrera, now 20, took a plea deal in 2016, admitting to killing Evan Shepherd, 27, in a hit-and-run crash.

Herrera ran a red light and hit Shepherd at the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Palm Avenue, sending his car into a tree which ultimately killed him.

Herrera fled the scene and wasn’t arrested until eight months later.

She was sentenced to probation and was required to wear an ankle monitor for 90 days. One of the terms of her deal was having her license revoked.

In June, Herrera was pulled over on State Road 29 in Collier County without a valid license.

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Authorities say Herrera violted her probation by driving and offered a plea deal of 60 days in jail. Herrera rejected the deal, now sending the case to trial.

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