Following a brutal carjacking this week, a San Antonio great-grandmother is trying to recover. Her assailant later crashed her car and died, so she’s lucky she wasn’t more seriously hurt.
Shirlene Hernandez, 72, was headed to the Shell gas station to get a Diet Coke on Tuesday morning, as she usually does every day.
On her way inside the store, a man grabbed her and walloped her in the face numerous times in an attempt to take her car keys. Despite three men attempting to tackle the assailant, Hernandez says he got away with her vehicle.
Soon after, police discovered her vehicle on the interstate, totaled, with the alleged carjacker dead inside.
“There’s a lot of people who would say what goes around comes around, karma. I did not think that; the only thing I got (was) really sad because he had died,” Hernandez said. “Now granted, he had hurt me, but the Lord saw fit to take him out of his misery.”
Hernandez stated that she is still sore and battered, with a bruised face, but that she is otherwise fine. She is, however, without a vehicle.
Despite her advanced age, she continues to work every day and requires transportation to get there. Residents of San Antonio set up a GoFundMe page to assist Hernandez get a new vehicle. The page, which started with a $5,000 goal, has nearly tripled that amount as of Monday afternoon.