Carjacker Dies in Crash After Beating Elderly Woman, Stealing Her Car

A Texas carjacker reportedly died in a crash last week after beating an elderly woman and stealing her car.

According to the New York Post, 72-year-old Shirlene Hernandez was headed into a Shell gas station in San Antonio when she was approached by a "robber" who took her car keys and hit her "several times in the face."

Though three men rushed to "tackle" the carjacker, he managed to flee the scene in Hernandez's vehicle, said WVUE. Shortly after the attack, however, he was found dead inside the car, which he'd totaled in an interstate crash.

Speaking to Fox-affiliate station KABB, Hernandez said she was ultimately "sad" to hear of the man's death.

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A Texas carjacker reportedly died in a crash last week after beating an elderly woman and stealing her car. QunicaStudio/istock

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

Hernandez went on to say that, aside from being "sore," she's "mostly" okay. Of course, the accident left her without a car, something she needs to get to and from 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," she told KABB. "I've got to figure out what to do."

In a bid to raise funds for a new vehicle, Hernandez's granddaughter, Helen Garcia, created a GoFundMe page, which has received over $30,000 in donations and was closed April 16.

"We are in awe and so thankful for the outpouring of love and support. I don't know how to properly say thank you to everyone," Garcia wrote in an update on the page last week.

According to crimegrade.org, the rate of violent crime in the San Antonio metro area is 4.13 per 1,000 residents.

"Your chance of being a victim of violent crime in the San Antonio metro area may be as high as 1 in 125 in the central neighborhoods, or as low as 1 in 515 in the northwest part of the metro area," the website explained, adding that the city is in the 25th percentile for safety.

The city's rate of property crime, meanwhile, is higher at 19.94 per 1,000 residents.

"Your chance of being a victim of property crime in the San Antonio metro area may be as high as 1 in 29 in the central neighborhoods, or as low as 1 in 104 in the northeast part of the metro area," crimegrade.org reported.

Sadly, Hernandez isn't the first elderly woman to be assaulted during a carjacking in recent months. On April 7, the Prince George's County Police Department in Maryland released a "disturbing" video that shows several suspects attacking an elderly woman at her home in March. According to police, the suspects tried to take the woman's car keys; however, they eventually fled without her vehicle.

Also in March, four teens were accused of carjacking a 73-year-old woman in New Orleans and dragging her for more than a block, ultimately resulting in her death.

And in general car theft news, a 31-year-old man in Maryland carjacked an ambulance in February after assaulting the crew transporting him.