The family of Shirley Van Why is enraged that their loved one’s killer is free.
This crash stems back from August 10, 2016, when Shirley Van Why’s vehicle was rear-ended by Cynthia Silva. Police say Silva was inattentive because she was high on meth at the time of the accident. Witnesses to the crash called the police who arrived at the scene in a short time. Paramedics were also at the scene and attempted to save Van Why. Sadly, her injuries were too severe and she was pronounced dead at the scene by EMTs. Police then began to question Silva and they noticed something about her was off. Police searched Silva and found meth in the pocket of her jacket. She was arrested at the scene.
After being arrested, Silva spent a few months and prison, enough time for the toxicology report to be released. The results showed that Silva was high on meth at the time of the collision, but she didn’t face any DUI charges. A judge cited at least 16 failure to appears, 23 warrants, and more warrants outside the county. The judge deemed her a flight-risk and her bond was set at $150,000. However, she was released earlier this year on her own recognizance and is still allowed to enjoy freedom. This has infuriated the Van Why family who is still denied justice.
As of now, if Silva’s case goes to trial, that won’t be until the summer of 2018. Silva is still out on the streets but is being monitored by the Pretrial Services Division. We will keep you updated as details are released.
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