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2011-02-17

Two injured in motorcycle & pickup local crashes

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers investigated two serious injury accidents last week in Bandera County.
The first occurred at 4:24 pm, Saturday, Feb. 5, on Ranch Road 187 near Thompson Road on the county's far west end. Beverly Owens, 60, of Ontario, Canada, was traveling south on RR 187 on her motorcycle when she approached a very sharp, horseshoe bend curve. She crossed the center stripe and the northbound lane, then ran off the roadway onto the unimproved shoulder.
According to the investigator's report, she apparently applied her brakes hard, slid out of control and struck a steel fence post with the front wheel. Owens was thrown from the cycle and came to rest near by.
Investigating officer, Trooper Glen Scales, reported that the setting sun may have temporarily blinded the driver, causing a distraction and loss of control of the vehicle.
There was no evidence of excessive speed. Owens was wearing a helmet. She was transported by Utopia EMS to a San Antonio hospital.
In the second serious injury accident, Trooper KE Morgan investigated a rollover on FM 470 around 3:50 pm, Thursday, Feb. 10. Vincent Teich, 56, of Bandera, suffered serious injuries to his spine when he apparently fell asleep at the wheel of his Dodge Ram pickup.
According to the report, Teich gradually left the roadway and entered the ditch. When he tried to steer back onto the road, the vehicle went into a short side skid. The truck hit a drainage culvert and began to roll, but flipped upright as it came to a stop.
After spinal surgery, Teich is undergoing rehabilitation at University Hospital in San Antonio.