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Lakehills man killed in FM 1283 crash; Cyclist seriously injured on PR 37 Sunday

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff writer

Charles D. Fator Jr. of Lakehills was pronounced dead at the scene of an accident that occurred at 7:13 am, Wednesday, Feb. 23, on FM 1283.
Fator, 78, pulled onto FM 1283 from Lake Forest Drive after coming to a stop at the stop sign; however, he failed to yield the right-of-way to an oncoming vehicle driven by Travis A. Jones of Pipe Creek. Jones' 1996 Jeep Cherokee struck Fator's 2002 Toyota Camry broadside on the driver's side of the vehicle.
Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Bobbie Basinger pronounced Fator dead at the location at 8:09 am.
Fator's wife, Florence, 77, was a passenger in the Camry. She was transported to University Hospital by Bandera County EMS with numerous broken ribs and a hairline fracture of the pelvis. She is expected to be released this week.
Jones was also transported to University. Lisa Jones, 47, a passenger in the Jeep, did not receive serious injuries.
According to Department of Public Safety reports, the accident occurred about two miles north of Lakehills. Wet pavement due to a light rain may have contributed to the seriousness of the crash.
Jones apparently braked the Jeep but was unable to stop and avoid striking Fator's vehicle.
DPS Trooper Glenn Scales was the investigating officer.
Services for Fator will be held Tuesday, March 8, at 11:30 am at Porter Loring Mortuary North in San Antonio. Interment will be in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Florence; children, Carrie Fator Prunty, Jesse Fator and wife Shelley, and Julie Bell and husband Eric; grandchildren, sisters and brothers.
The family will receive friends from 5 pm to 8 pm Monday, March 7, at Porter Loring Mortuary North.
A second serious accident occurred in Bandera County Sunday afternoon, Feb. 27 at 4:50 pm on Park Road 37. Jaime Gutierrez, 30, of Live Oak, Texas, was airlifted to Brook Army Medical Center with very serious injuries.
Gutierrez was traveling west on PR 37, about a half mile east of Laurel Creek Drive when his motorcycle went off the roadway and onto the shoulder while trying to negotiate a curve.
The cycle began sliding as the driver braked, went back onto the roadway and again onto the unimproved shoulder.
According to DPS reports, Gutierrez was unable to regain control as the cycle laid over on its left side and flipped end over end, coming to rest in the east-bound lane.
Traffic signs in the area indicate 40 miles per hour as a safe speed for negotiating the curve. Gutierrez was apparently exceeding that limit.