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Fatal predawn collision

By David Arny

A Bandera man was fatally injured in a one-vehicle accident in the early morning hours of Friday, Oct. 26, three miles south of the Bandera-Kerr County line, on Highway 173 North.

Christopher Silva, 22, collided with a bridge abutment while driving southbound in a construction zone after leaving a friend’s house near Bandera Pass some time after midnight, according to Department of Public Safety Trooper Damon Derr, who investigated the incident.

“An off-duty Kerrville Police Officer who lives in Bandera happened to be passing by at 3:30 am and noticed what he first thought was an abandoned truck parked on the roadside,” Derr said. “When he observed the green 1995 GMC pickup had crashed against a concrete abutment, he notified emergency services on his cell-phone.”

The officer reported that Silva was already deceased by the time he arrived at the scene.

Silva was wearing his seatbelt, however there were reportedly no skid marks behind the truck and the driver’s side air bag did not deploy, despite the center-front impact. The force of the collision drove the truck’s engine completely into the passenger compartment.