UPDATE: Charges filed in hit and run death - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Anna Marie Hartman

UPDATE: Charges filed in hit and run death


Shelby County Sheriff's Deputies charged a Memphis man late Friday in connection to a hit and run traffic crash on Hacks Cross Road near Shelby Drive Thursday morning.  Investigators said they believe the man purposely drove his vehicle into his former girlfriend’s SUV, which then hit a utility pole.

Deputies in the Sheriff’s Office Traffic Bureau and detectives with the Sheriff’s Office General Investigation Bureau said Lavatrice Street, 42, of East Shelby County, was killed about 7:15 yesterday morning.

Investigators said Street was traveling north on Hacks Cross in a Toyota SUV when her former boyfriend, Shelly Minor, Jr. , 41, of Memphis, crashed his Volkswagen Passat into the back of her SUV.  There were no passengers in either vehicle.

Minor didn't stop after the crash, and deputies soon found his vehicle with severe damage on Hacks Cross Road, not far from the crash scene.  Investigators also discovered an Order of Protection in the Volkswagen that had been filed by Ms. Street last month.

Investigators said Ms. Street had filed the Order of Protection against Minor for threatening her and her daughters on several occasions.

A court case was scheduled about the Order of Protection was scheduled last week but Street did not appear at the hearing.

Deputies caught up with Minor about Thursday morning at a relative’s home in the 5000 block of Bryndale Avenue in South-East Memphis.

Minor was charged with First Degree Murder.

Originally reported during Action News 5 at 5:00pm on 1/18/08:

Lavatrice Street was killed when her car crashed on Hacks Cross Thursday morning.  Now, Shelby County investigators are trying to link Street's ex-boyfriend to her death.

Not long after Lavatrice Street was killed by a hit and run driver, Shelby County investigators suspected it was more than an accident. 
"Traffic investigators immediately started linking one piece to the next which brought our homicide division from the general investigation bureau," Steve Shular of the Shelby County Sheriff's Department said.
The car that hit street was abandoned near the crash site.  Inside of it police found a restraining order.  A complaint filed by Lavatrice Street against her ex boyfriend last December.

"It had to do with harassment. It had to do with vandalism," Shular said.
According to court documents, domestic disputes between Street and her ex boyfriend Shelly Minor Jr. began heating up last month. The order accuses Minor of chasing his ex-girlfriend with an electric drill,  slashing the tires on her vehicle more than once, cutting her cable lines, and smashing her kitchen window. Finally, Street claims Minor is responsible for the fire that destroyed her home.  Street said she feared for her safety.

Minor has an extensive criminal record which includes charges of aggravated burglary, assault, weapons charges, and numerous counts of driving under the influence on a revoked license. Minor is being detained in jail.  But, so far, he hasn't been charged with the death of his former girlfriend.
"If we connect the dots. If we have enough evidence. If we have enough information. Then he could be looking at a charge of first degree murder," Shular said.

Lavatrice Street took out the protective order in December.

On January 8th, there was a court date on the case but Street didn't show up and the complaint against Shelly Minor was dismissed.

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