Saturday wreck claims life of local man, 58

Gillespie County resident David Russell Lane, 58, died Saturday, Sept. 7, as the result of a two-vehicle crash around 9:43 p.m. on U.S. Highway 290 West about a mile from Fredericksburg.

Lane was pronounced dead at 11:31 p.m. by Dr. Mark Muir at University Hospital in San Antonio, where he had been transported by Airlife helicopter flight medics directly from the scene.

According to Department of Public Safety Trooper Coy Morales, who investigated, Lane was driving a 1969 Chevrolet pickup westbound on U.S. Highway 290 and was about a mile from Fredericksburg when he attempted to make a left-turn onto Squirrel Run.

As he attempted his turn in the 70 mile per hour speed limit zone, Lane turned in front of an oncoming, eastbound-traveling 2000 Ford pickup driven by Jed Daniel Eilers, 35, of Fredericksburg.

Lane, who was reportedly not wearing a safety belt, was ejected from his vehicle, Morales said, adding that Eilers refused any medical treatment at the scene.

First assisted by Fredericksburg EMS paramedics and then treated by Airlife helicopter medics, Lane was flown to University Hospital’s trauma center in San Antonio, but died a short time later. As per procedure, Lane’s body was taken to the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office in San Antonio.

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