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2007-11-15

SH 46 wreck fatal for couple

By David Arny

A Bandera couple was killed and two Central Texas women injured in a Saturday, Nov. 10, collision on Highway 46 at Madrona Ranch Road in eastern Bandera County.

According to a public information official with the Texas Department of Public Safety, the impact of the wreck cut one of the vehicles, a 1999 Pontiac Bonneville, in half.

Juan Carlos Quintero, 56, was westbound on Highway 46 shortly before noon, when his vehicle drifted onto the road shoulder while he negotiated a curve. A light rain that fell earlier that morning, had made the road slippery. Apparently, Quintero overcompensated when he attempted to return to his lane and careened into the path of an oncoming 2002 Toyota pickup traveling east towards the Kendall County line. The truck was unable to avoid impacting the sedan in the middle of the passenger side.

Neither Quintero nor his unidentified passenger survived. The female in the front passenger seat was pronounced dead at the scene, while Quintero died at 3:05 pm in the emergency room at University Hospital in San Antonio. Due to the severity of their car’s damages, it was not known whether seat belts could have prevented the pair’s fatal injuries.

DPS Trooper Michelle Kosmalski was lead investigator at the scene. A Bandera County EMS technician was overheard saying the driver and passenger in the Toyota, Wesslyn Robinson of San Antonio and Jeannie Gawryszewski of Kileen, probably owed their lives to the fact that they were both wearing their seat belts.

They were transported to Methodist Hospital in San Antonio in good condition with only minor injuries.