Mother and son killed in SH 71 crash

SPICEWOOD, TEXAS - EDITOR'S NOTE: DPS told KVUE Monday that Cynthia Vega was a passenger in the vehicle. The article has been corrected to reflect that she was driving the Ford Focus at the time of the crash.

The two people killed in a crash along Texas 71 near Spicewood on Monday morning have been identified by Lake Travis ISD as a Lake Travis High student and his mother.

The district said Lake Travis High senior Santiago Vega, 17, and his mother, Cynthia, died in the crash near SH 71 and Fall Creek Estates Drive.

Department of Public Safety Sergeant Robbie Barrera said a Subaru was traveling west "at a high rate of speed and recklessly" on SH 71 around 8:20 a.m. Monday. The driver of the Subaru then "failed to negotiate a curve and entered the inside lane of SH 71." That's when the Subaru collided head-on into the Ford Focus that Cynthia was driving. As the Subaru spun around, a tractor trailer tried to avoid the crash, but ended up striking the Ford Focus. The impact of the tractor-trailer caused the Ford Focus to flip on its passenger side.

Cynthia and Santiago both died on the scene of the crash. Justino Rodriguez, a 50-year-old man who was a passenger in the Ford Focus, was taken to a hospital. The driver of the Subaru, 29-year-old Bala Chandra Sekhar Gutti, was also taken to a hospital.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.

Lake Travis High stated in a letter home to parents that counselors will be on campus during the week, as needed. The crash remains under investigation.

(© 2016 KVUE)


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