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2013-07-04

Three-vehicle accident on Highway 16

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Despite beautiful weather and a clear straightaway, a three-vehicle accident occurred on Highway 16 Friday, June 21.
As an investigation continues, law enforcement officers declined to speculate on what might have caused the driver of a Toyota pickup truck to suddenly veer into oncoming traffic, and strike a Dodge pickup truck. A third vehicle was involved peripherally in the crash that occurred near Robindale Road.
The accident was reported to emergency dispatch at 1:10 pm. According to Bandera County Chief Deputy Matt King, a black Toyota truck, driven by Mario Ortiz Lopez, 18, was traveling south on Highway 16 coming into Bandera. "For some unknown reason, the driver suddenly made a drastic left turn, directly into the path of another vehicle that was traveling north out of town," King said. After hitting the Dodge pickup, the Toyota spun out of control and rolled over, coming to rest in a ditch facing south.
EMS transported Lopez to University Hospital in San Antonio with unknown injuries. He was the only occupant of the Toyota.
Two passengers of the maroon Dodge truck that was struck received minor injuries and were treated at the scene. The occupant of the third vehicle, a white Dodge pickup truck, also sustained minor injuries but was not transported.
Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Ross Rigby is investigating the accident. Also assisting on the scene was DPS Trooper Kristina Klawin, a K-9 unit officer out of San Antonio, who also patrols a portion of the Hill Country.