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2016-02-11

Arrest made for 2013 crash deaths

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Troy Allen Timmins, 38, of San Antonio was arrested on Jan. 13, in Atascosa County on felony warrants for revocation of a previous bond, as well as for two counts of criminally negligent homicide. He was transferred to the Bandera County Jail where he is being held without bond.
Timmins is accused of crossing onto the wrong side of Highway 16 South, a half-mile south of Timber Creek Road, and hitting an oncoming vehicle on July 4, 2013. Two people died in the fiery crash. An accident report prepared by a trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety noted that subsequent toxicology results revealed that Timmins had multiple drugs in his system at the time of the crash, including benzodiazepine and amphetamine.
In 2013, a Bandera County Grand Jury indicted Timmins on two counts of manslaughter, enhanced, due to the alleged presence of drugs in his system at the time of the crash.
He was also indicted in December 2014 on two counts of manslaughter enhanced and two counts of aggravated assault with deadly weapon. That same month, deputies with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Timmins at his mother’s house in Bexar County on an outstanding warrant related to a previous narcotics charge, according to Bandera County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Matt King.
However, Timmins’ most recent arrest stemmed from the criminally negligent homicide charges. A third Bandera County Grand Jury indicted Timmins on May 12, 2015, for the highway deaths. According to 198th Assistant District Attorney Steven Harpole, all charges filed against Timmins are related “to the same tragic incident.”
Additionally, according to court documents, the state charged that Timmins has been non-compliant with the terms of his probation, which precipitated the motion to revoke his probation. Because the required in-resident tracking-GPS equipment had been turned off and Timmins failed to return telephone calls from his probation officer, “… tracking his whereabouts is in question.”
The terms of Timmins’ probation had included:
• Restriction to his residence in Bexar County
• Prohibition against driving or operating a motor vehicle
• Prohibition against leaving his residence except for visits to his attorney and doctor, work and court appearances
• Mandatory contact with his probation officer and installation of tracking devices within 24 hours of his release from jail
According to the 2013 DPS report, Timmins was driving north on the inside of the southbound lane coming out of a curve on Highway 16 when he struck the southbound vehicle of Carolyn and Ron “Butch” Buck of Helotes.
Carolyn Buck died at the scene and her husband, who was in the passenger seat, was airlifted to the burn unit at the San Antonio Military Medical Center. After several surgeries, he succumbed to massive injuries on July 22.
At the time of the crash, Timmins was airlifted to University Hospital with unspecified, but non-life-threatening, injuries.
Tragically, the Bucks, who were returning from an Independence Day picnic, were reportedly just minutes from their home when the head-on collision occurred.
Bandera County Fire Marshal John Stith happened on the grisly scene about “30 seconds after (the accident) happened,” according to his estimation. When he arrived, he reported the Buck’s Expedition was on its side and engulfed in flames with the couple trapped inside. “Attempts made to pull the occupants out were unsuccessful,” Stith said. “But, we were able to keep the fire away from them until the firefighters arrived with extrication equipment, the ‘jaws of life’.” Members of the Pipe Creek Volunteer Fire Department responded to the accident.
Stith and several firefighters were taken to Boerne Methodist and treated for smoke inhalation and minor burns. Carolyn Buck was pronounced dead at the scene.
“It was pretty intense,” Stith said of the incident. He later lauded civilians who assisted at the scene.
Timmins’ trial on the criminally negligent homicide charges is set for Feb. 16 in Bandera County 198th Judicial District Court with Judge Rex Emerson presiding and Harpole prosecuting. Attorney John H. Matthews represents Timmins.
A pre-trial hearing has been set for Friday, Feb. 12.