Three deaths in a year for Lake Travis High community

Third tragedy in year for Lake Travis High

AUSTIN - The death of a Lake Travis High student and his mother in a crash on Texas 71 is the third person from the school to die in a crash on the road in the last year.

Investigators said a car was driving recklessly on Texas 71 south of Spicewood Monday morning and hit the car carrying Santiago Vega, 17, and his mother Cynthia head on.

Lake Travis High School administrators said the Vega was a senior and had just transferred from Laredo in the Spring. Principal Gordon Butler said counselors are on hand for students.

"Any death is tragic here at Lake Travis," said Butler.

A sense of Déjà vu for the Cavaliers. Junior Savannah Griffiths died March 11 after an 18-wheeler crashed into the car she was riding in. That crash happened at Bee Creek Road and SH 71.

It's a painful memory for Nicki Power. Her daughter still grieves for her good friend, Savannah.

"It's been tough but we have faith but it doesn't take away the physical and emotional hurt right now," said Power.

Dec. 3 marks one year since Lake Travis High Science Department Head Ginger Johnson was killed in a crash on SH 71.

Power worries every time hears about a wreck on Highway 71. She has five children, two of whom attend Lake Travis High.

"It hits close to home every time, I've got a couple of teenagers driving," said Power.

Vega and his mother; two more lives that ended abruptly on 71, the stretch of road locals call the Highway of Death.

Funeral services for Santiago and Cynthia Vega are set for 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 at Wilcox Funeral Home, 1805 US 281, Marble Falls, 78654. A rosary will be recited at 6 p.m.

(© 2016 KVUE)


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