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Young mother dies in crash on 46

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

Lisa Marie Babbitt, 25, of Pipe Creek, died Wednesday, Sept. 26, in a two vehicle collision on Highway 46 in Bandera County.

According to DPS reports, Babbitt was the middle passenger in a 1994 GMC Sierra pickup driven by Tommy Theiss. Cedric Jamal Rhodes was a third passenger in the GMC. All three were from Pipe Creek.

DPS reports say Theiss was apparently passing in a no passing zone traveling west on 46 when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a second vehicle head-on in the east-bound lane.

Traveling east, heading home to Comfort, was Filemon B. Garcia, driving a 1998 Dodge Ram. Garcia was not able to avoid the on-coming vehicle that suddenly appeared in his lane.

All of the survivors sustained serious injuries and were transported to San Antonio hospitals via AirLife and both Bandera County and Kendall County EMS.

DPS reports indicate Theiss was traveling above the posted speed limit at the site of the crash and criminal charges are pending.

DPS officers are continuing the investigation into the crash this week.

The tragic accident occurred at 6:55 pm Wednesday. Commuters on Highway 46 were not able to proceed until just before 9 pm when one lane opened up. Both lanes were opened fully around 10:15 pm.

Babbit worked as a Pharmacy Technician at H-E-B in Boerne.

Survivors include mother and step - father, Cathy and Troy Casada; father and step - mother, Jake and Kimberley Babbitt; grandparents, Gilbert and Shirley Edwards; daughter Karlee Ann Hamilton and son Benjamin Wyatt Hamilton.

Services were held Monday, Oct. 1, at Grimes Funeral Chapels in Bandera.

Interment followed in the Pipe Creek Cemetery. See her obituary online by clicking the obituary button.