Reporter dies after NW Austin car accident

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by KRIS BETTS / KVUE News and photojournalist DENNIS THOMAS

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Posted on February 13, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 13 at 11:22 PM

AUSTIN -- Barbara McCarley, or Barb as she was known, spent nearly 15 years covering Austin news for KLBJ.

“She was constantly upbeat and smiling, and a great personality to have at the radio station," said co-worker Scott Gilmore. “She loved this city and loved what she did, so she brought that energy and passion every day and we'll really miss that."

In her career, Barbara covered countless breaking news events, including the wildfires at Steiner Ranch and in Bastrop, but most recently she was on the city beat, and frequently reported on Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo.

“She’s just one of those people that was always smiling, always happy and when I got the news that she had been involved in a serious crash, you know it's a friend and colleague and it saddens me to no end,” Acevedo told KVUE.

On Monday, Barbara covered road closures in Austin before ex-Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s procession. The next morning, she was hit by another driver and badly hurt.

The accident near the intersection of 2222 and Mesa Drive involved three cars. Two other people had minor injuries, but Barbara was hospitalized immediately.

Several members of the Austin Police Department spent Tuesday in the hospital by her side hoping for the best.

“I think it's important for people to know that their loved one mattered, that she mattered to a lot of people,” said Acevedo.

On Wednesday morning, her injuries proved too severe, and Barbara passed away.

“I’m going to miss her. I'm going to miss her smile," Acevedo said.

Austin police say there will be no charges filed against the driver that caused this deadly accident.

Barbara leaves behind a husband and two children. Details on her funeral have not yet been released.

 

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