Galena woman awaiting sentencing for fatal hit and run, arrested on drug charges

GALENA - A vehicle behaving suspiciously led to the arrest of both occupants on drug charges this past Sunday. The passenger, Shelby Colon, is currently awaiting sentencing in a 2017 fatal pedestrian hit and run incident in Galena, and is now behind bars again for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

According to the Galena Police Department, at approximately 7 a.m. on March 4, officers with the Galena Police Department received a call stating there was a vehicle holing up traffic at the intersection of 7th and Main Street. Upon arrival, Officers noticed a Chevy Blazer sitting at the stop light that was failing to move through the intersection as the traffic light allowed.

The officers reported neither ocupant responded to the officers commands during their initial contact. As the officers continued their investigation the driver, Riley T. Colon, failed a standard field sobriety test. The passenger, Shelby L. Colon, was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine, depressants, and drug paraphernalia.

Both occupants were taken into custody and transported to the Cherokee County Jail.

Riley was taken into custody for Driving under the Influence and is being held on a $2,000 bond. Shelby was taken into custody for Possession of Methamphetamine with intent to Distribute, Possession of Depressants with intent to distribute, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She is being held on $22,000 bond.

Hit and run

Shelby has plead guilty in the fatal hit and run case from 2017, that she is currently awaiting sentencing on. She was originally charged with involuntary manslaughter, while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The incident occurred early the morning of July 6, 2017, at 18th and Main Street in Galena. The preliminary investigation indicated that at approximately 7:05 a.m., a Silver 2001 Mitsubishi Montero driven by Shelby was driving South on Main Street, when she struck Charles W. Burkybile Jr., 66 years old, and Glen A. Roosa 86 years old, both of Galena, who were walking north on Main.

Charles Burkybile Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene, Glen A. Roosa was transported to Mercy Hospital in Joplin were he later died from his injuries.