Needless Tragic Death

Cake-pop entrepreneur killed on the street by a drunk driver in horrific incident: Just 34 and full of promise

Cake-pop entrepreneur killed on the street by drunk driver: Just 34

Emily Gabrielle Javadi, a vibrant 34-year-old entrepreneur who'd started her own cake-pop business, was struck by a speeding car and killed this week in Uptown Dallas.

According to police reports, Javadi was standing at a curb, leaning into the back seat of a car parked in the 4000 block of McKinney Avenue, when another vehicle came along and crashed into the parked car. Javadi was transported to Parkland Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The driver, Travis Elwell, 23, was charged with intoxication manslaughter. During the investigation, police determined that Elwell was operating his motor vehicle at a high rate of speed and failed to notice that the vehicle ahead of him was parked. He crashed into its rear, throwing Javadi forward into a metal pole.

 "Her death touched many people because she was connected to so many diverse groups and different people in the Dallas community." 

The 4000 block McKinney Avenue in Dallas lies between Blackburn and Fitzhugh and is dominated by Cole Park, with few businesses or residences.

Javadi was a business analyst who worked for Baylor; she'd previously been employed by Neiman Marcus and Frito Lay. Friends said she was a dedicated athlete and an outgoing, upbeat person. She'd launched her cake-pop business as a side project in early 2014, making them for showers and parties.

Javadi was a dedicated athlete, warm hostess and a loyal friend with a wide reach into many circles, says close friend Chasity Ann Noel.

"Her death touched many people because she was connected to so many diverse groups and different people in the Dallas community," Noel says. She had her CrossFit workout friends. She had her open-mike music friends. Art friends. Foodie friends. She was so well-connected and meshed well with so many groups of people. And the people she connected with, she really connected with."

Noel says Javadi was very generous with her time and would do anything not only for her best friends, but for people she barely knew. "That's exactly why her energy was so contagious and so many people liked her. She'd do the little things," Noel says.

Javadi was part of a circle of close girlfriends who hung out, going out for dinner and drinks or taking turns cooking dinner.

"She loved hosting and having little get-togethers," Noel says. "If it was your birthday this month, she'd volunteer  – any excuse to get together and have a good time. She had many circles of friends. That's the impact she had on so many people’s lives."

Emily Javadi
Emily Javadi was killed by a drunk driver in Uptown on February 10. Courtesy photo