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Two die in separate Pipe Creek accidents

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

DPS troopers investigated two separate fatal accidents on Highway 16 in Pipe Creek last week.

On Tuesday, July 3, Richard Olmo, a veteran San Antonio firefighter, died in an early morning crash near Freedom Springs.

Olmo had spent the night in San Antonio and was apparently on his way home to Pipe Creek to pick up his two children for a trip to Fiesta Texas.

The children, a son and a daughter, are 8 and 10.

According to a story in the July 5 issue of the San Antonio Express News "Relatives said he might have sent a text message just before he missed the curve and overcorrected...about three miles south of Pipe Creek."

Olmo was transported to Boerne Methodist where he was pronounced dead at 8:40 am.

He was not wearing a seat belt.

The 44-year-old native San Antonian was a paramedic, and an accomplished musician who also enjoyed athletic competition.

His memorial service was held Friday, July 6 at Westover Hills Assembly of God, with interment following at Mission Park Burial South.

At 7:49 am on Friday, July 6, Nicky Fernandez 31, of Bandera was traveling south on Highway 16 South in Pipe Creek, near Krause Road, when he swerved to avoid another vehicle.

He crossed the solid yellow lines into the north-bound lane, corrected right to re-enter his lane, then corrected left again, crossing the double lines once more and striking a second vehicle.

The second vehicle was a pickup driven by 84-year-old Travis Wiggins, also of Bandera, who had been traveling in the north-bound lane.

Fernandez refused treatment at the scene.

Wiggins was air-lifted to University Hospital in San Antonio where he died of his injuries.