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2011-03-10

Young mother dies in accident

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff writer

Judy Marie Donovan, 21, of Medina, died Wednesday night, March 2, in a one-vehicle crash on Highway 16 North, near the Medina Children's Home.
Donovan was driving a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee northbound on Highway 16 when she failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the roadway. DPS reports indicate she was traveling at an unsafe speed when the vehicle ran into a culvert, became airborne and crashed into the wall of the ditch.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
A passenger in the vehicle, Brian Lawrence White, 21, was taken to University Hospital in San Antonio with non-incapacitating injuries.
DPS Trooper Scott Shinar was the investigating officer.
Family members held a memorial service for Donovan Saturday, March 5. She is survived by her husband, Carl; and daughters Haley, 3, and Shylyn, 9 months.
Donovan's mother Beth Martinez of Bandera described her daughter as a "good-hearted person." Martinez continued, "She helped everybody she could, she would give you the shirt off her back. And she was very outspoken. She'd tell you just what she thought." Martinez said Judy did not graduate from high school, but earned her GED after she had her children. "Those babies changed her life," said Martinez.
An account of the accident in the San Antonio Express News indicated that Donovan was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. Martinez said others at the scene said a rear axle broke. "She had run out of formula and was going to Kerrville to get some. Her last words were, 'I can't steer this'." According to Martinez, a relative pulled Donovan out of the vehicle and administered CPR to no avail.
An account has been set up at Bandera First State Bank for donations to assist the family with expenses.