Breaking News: Woman dies, three survive head-on accident Tuesday


FREDERICKSBURG emergency workers attempt to extricate the occupants of a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup following a head-on collision Tuesday, Jan. 28, shortly before 9 a.m. on Texas Highway 16 South when the 2000 Toyota 4Runner (at right) lost control on ice and spun into its lane. The driver of the 4Runner, Tamara Pfiester Pate, 42, of Kerrville, was pronounced dead, while her three-year-old passenger is in “stable” condition. The driver of the truck and her passenger, both Fredericksburg residents, survived the crash, although the driver is in “critical” condition in San Antonio’s University Hospital. —Photo courtesy Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office

A 42-year-old Kerrville woman died and a three-year-old girl survived a head-on collision, in which icy conditions contributed, and two others were injured around 8:55 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 28, about six miles south of Fredericksburg on Texas Highway 16.

Tamara Pfiester Pate of Kerrville was pronounced dead at 9:45 a.m. at Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg by Dr. Todd Bell, according to Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper J.C. Spillman, who investigated.

Three-year-old Chloe Sage Pate was listed in stable condition at Hill Country Memorial Hospital later in the day, the DPS report said.

They were traveling southbound in a 2000 Toyota 4Runner on the Kerrville highway, when the vehicle reached an ice-covered part of the roadway, causing Pate to lose control of her vehicle, Spillman said.

The Toyota 4Runner spun into the northbound lane, at which point its passenger side was struck by the front of a northbound, oncoming 2002 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Ruby Ortiz Perez, 28, of Fredericksburg.

Perez was transported to University Hospital in San Antonio and was at last report listed in “critical condition,” the DPS report said.

Traveling as Perez’s passenger was Arely Altamirano Riva, 21, who was transported in “stable condition” to Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg for treatment of minor injuries at the time the DPS teletype went out to law enforcement agencies around the area.

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