RUNNELS COUNTY - The 119th District Attorney John Best announced Monday that the Runnels County grand jury did not return any indictments regarding the case of Kelly Hescht-Wyatt who was killed in the Walmart parking lot on Sept. 11, 2016.

RUNNELS COUNTY - The 119th District Attorney John Best announced Monday that the Runnels County grand jury did not return any indictments regarding the case of Kelly Hescht-Wyatt who was killed in the Walmart parking lot on Sept. 11, 2016.

Kelly Wyatt, 53, of Mereta, died following the Sept. 11 accident in which Precinct 4 Commissioner Richard Strube reportedly struck her with a county vehicle. She died a week after the accident on Sept. 19 at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo.

On Oct. 20, Best recused himself and referred the case to the State Attorney General’s Office.

“The case has been referred to the attorney general for review,” Best said at the time. “The case was referred simply to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest since a commissioner was involved.”

The AG assigned the case Assistant Attorney General Steven Todd.

“On August 23, 2017, Mr. Todd informed me that his office had completed its work regarding the criminal investigation and grand jury proceedings in the case,” Best explained. “According to Mr. Todd, a Runnels County grand jury declined to return any indictments based on the investigation and presentations regarding the death of Mrs. Kelly Hescht-Wyatt which occurred in Ballinger at the Walmart parking lot on September 11, 2016.”

Best said he appreciated the assistance of the AG’s office in the case.

“I appreciate the Attorney General’s assistance with this investigation and the grand jury’s careful consideration of the evidence in this case,” Best said. “My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved in this tragic incident, especially the family of Mrs. Kelly Hescht-Wyatt. “

Kelly Wyatt’s husband Cecil, accepted a $100,000 settlement in the case from an official from Runnels County on Nov, 17, 2016.

Jon Mark Hogg, the county’s legal representative confirmed that Wyatt accepted the settlement and that by accepting the settlement Wyatt was thereafter prohibited from pursuing further action against Runnels County.

“I feel like the settlement was unjust,” Wyatt said. “I feel like some justice should be done, but I’m leaving that to the law.”

Wyatt had previously said the bills from Shannon Medical Center were around $300,000.

Official autopsy results from Tom Green County Justice of the Peace J.P. McGuire indicate that Wyatt’s cause of death was blunt force injuries to the head and neck. The preliminary results deemed the manner of death an accident.

According to then Sgt. Stan Maresch, who is now chief of police of the Ballinger Police Department, Strube was in the pick-up area in front of the store, when the vehicle in front of him stopped in the garden area to load some items. Strube reportedly put his vehicle in reverse to back up and go around the vehicle and when he did, he struck Wyatt, who was behind him.

Maresch said Kelly was talkative at the scene following the crash. She was transported via ambulance to Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo where she succumbed to her injuries on Monday, Sept. 19.

According Wyatt, Kelly fell into a coma about 15 minutes after arriving at Shannon and she never came out of it.

Wyatt said he and Kelly had only been married about two months at the time of her death. Wyatt said previously that his wife had suffered a “skull fracture, broken bones and many other injuries from the accident.”

County officials confirmed that Strube was at Walmart that day conducting business on behalf of the county, filling coolers for his road crew for the next day.