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Accident claims one life


Texas DPS, Bandera County Sheriff’s Department officers and Bandera Fire Department personnel worked, diligently, to control traffic and process the scene of a fatal accident on St Hwy 173 N on Sunday, Jan. 15.
According to Texas Department of Public Safety information:
“The driver of a 1995 Lincoln passenger car was traveling south on SH 173 and pulled over onto the southbound shoulder. For reasons unknown, the driver attempted a U-turn from the shoulder when it was unsafe to do so.
“The driver of a 2012 Dodge truck was traveling south and was unable to avoid striking the car on its driver's side.
“The driver of the Lincoln, David Lee Cox, 81, of Bandera, was pronounced dead at the scene and transported to Grimes Funeral Home. His passenger, Laura Ellen Smith, 55, of San Antonio, was transported to University Hospital in serious condition. Mr. Cox and Ms. Smith were both wearing their safety belts.
“The driver of the Dodge, Michael Dillon Perry, 28, of Fredericksburg, TX was treated at the scene for minor injuries and released. His passenger, Jason Lee McPhail, 24, of Kerrville, was also treated and released at the scene. Both men were wearing their safety belts.
“The investigation is ongoing and it's not yet known if driver inattention, distracted driving, or another factor along with the wet, rainy conditions contributed to the crash. The Department of Public Safety would like to remind all drivers to be extra careful when driving in adverse weather. Drive at a safe speed, minimize distractions and always wear your safety belt”.
At the time of this publication, Laura Smith’s condition was unknown.