Driver drank, took meth before double-fatal crash, affidavit says

Shelby Schroeder. (Jail photo)
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AXTELL, Texas (KWTX & DPS) - Shelby Lee Schroeder, 23, of Waco, who’s charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, tampering with evidence and furnishing alcohol to a minor after a weekend crash that left two dead, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.17, more than twice the legal limit, and his blood contained methamphetamine, an arrest affidavit released Tuesday says.

His bond was set Tuesday at $82,000, according to online records.

An 18-year-old who was a passenger in the SUV that Schroeder was driving when he ran a stop sign early Saturday morning northeast of Axtell said Schroeder had been drinking beer and “had used speed approximately 20 minutes before the crash” that claimed the lives of Belinda Sanabria, 55, and Matias Mendoza Sanabria, 50, both of San Antonio.

Sanabria was driving a Hyundai sedan east on State Highway 31 at around 3 a.m. Saturday when Schroeder, who was driving a GMC SUV south on FM 2311 ran the stop sign, authorities said.

The SUV struck the Hyundai, killing Sanabria and Mendoza.

They were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators found “multiple closed beers” in the immediate vicinity of Schroeder’s SUV, the affidavit says and “an open box labeled as a 30-pack of Busch beer.”

The teenage passenger said he and Schroeder “had thrown the beers to try to hide them from police.”

Schroeder admitted to investigators he ran the stop sign and that he drank four beers before the crash.

Schroeder, who was booked into the McLennan County Jail Monday, was on probation at the time of the deadly accident.

He was indicted for injury to a child in November 2017 and in October 2018 was placed on three years’ deferred adjudication probation, fined $1,500 and was ordered to undergo alcohol evaluation and treatment and attend parenting classes, court records

(Christopher Shadrock and John Carroll contributed to this story)