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2012-09-13

Beloved Medina librarian killed

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

Randy Solis, director of the Medina Community Library, was killed in an early morning accident on FM 470 west of Medina Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Solis, an avid bicyclist, was riding in to work from his home when his bike was struck by a pickup driven by a registered nurse also on her way to work.

According to a report, the driver of the pickup called in the accident to Bandera County Sheriff's Office dispatch and remained at the scene until officers arrived.

According to Department of Public Safety reports, both Solis and the pickup were traveling east on 470 about 1.9 miles from State Highway 16. "There was no shoulder on the highway at the point, no passing zone and she was probably getting the sun in her eyes," said a DPS spokesman. The roadway drops down there and back up on a curve. "This was just an all-around tragedy."

Solis was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Lynn Holt. "The accident occurred around 7:15 am and I pronounced him at 8:20," said Holt. The body was sent to the Bexar County Medical Examiner's office for autopsy.

"He was good people," said Precinct 3 Constable Don Walters who had the unenviable task of notifying family, Medina library board members and staff of the tragedy.

"He lives about four miles out on 470 and I understand he was about two miles from his house when the accident happened," said Walters.

Solis is survived by his wife, Liz; adult children Melanie Solis of New York, Eric Solis of Austin, and Laurie Solis of San Antonio; father Raoul Solis of Bandera; brothers Lee Solis of Aransas Pass, Sonny Solis of Denton, and Loy Solis of Denton; sisters Melissa Solis-Newton of Bandera and Marty Reeves of Aransas Pass.

He was appointed director of the Medina Community Library in 2008. Under his direction the MCL expanded its collection and presented a variety of popular programs for the community, including programs and book signings by local writers and the hugely popular summer reading program for children.

Bandera County Library Director John Hegemeier worked with Solis on the disc golf course in Bandera City Park. "He was a really nice person," said Hegemeier. "He will be sorely missed."

Solis had spent part of his summer riding his bicycle across the United States from Mexico to Canada. He posted his location daily online so that Medina children could keep up with his travels in an entertaining "Where's Randy?" format.

Information about a memorial service was not available at press time.

The name of the driver of the pickup has been withheld pending completion of DPS reports on the accident.