Another tragic fatality in Medina County

On December 26, around 11:50 am, another tragic accident took the life of another Medina County resident. The accident occurred on SH 16 about 11 miles south of Pipe Creek.
According to DPS, “A 2002 GMC Sierra 1500 driven by Maria Del Carmen Trevino, 53, of Pipe Creek was traveling northbound on SH-16 during wet, rainy conditions. For reasons not yet confirmed, Ms. Trevino lost control of her vehicle and veered into the southbound lane where she struck a 2008 Honda Element traveling south. Ms. Trevino died at the scene. The 24-year old driver of the Honda was transported to University Hospital. The investigation is ongoing, and all contributing factors are currently unknown.”
“The Texas Department of Public Safety would like to remind all drivers to control your speed during adverse weather conditions, minimize distractions, don’t drive fatigued and obey traffic control devices. The crash report can be obtained at once the investigation is completed.”
At least 1 fatality on Texas roadways every day since November 2, 2000
AUSTIN – Not all anniversaries are happy and Nov. 7 marked one of the saddest of all. Since Nov. 7, 2000, at least one person has died on Texas roadways every single day. In an effort to end this deadly 18-year milestone, the Texas Department of Transportation, through its #EndTheStreakTX campaign, reminds drivers it’s a shared responsibility among roadway users and engineers to keep our roads safe.
Since Nov. 7, 2000, fatalities resulting from vehicle crashes on Texas roadways have numbered more than 66,000.
“We all have the power to end the streak of daily deaths on Texas roadways,” said Texas Transportation Commissioner Laura Ryan. “Don’t drink and drive; put away the cell phone; buckle up; and obey traffic laws. Be the driver you would want next to you, in front of you or behind you. Together, we can end the streak.”
“It’s heartbreaking to know that every day for the past 18 years someone has lost a spouse, child, friend or neighbor on our state’s roadways,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. “Ending this deadly daily streak is a shared responsibility. We will continue to engineer our roads to be more forgiving of drivers’ errors, but we all must work toward ending such preventable contributing factors as distracted driving, speeding and drunk driving. Let’s make it a priority to be safe, focused and responsible behind the wheel. Let’s end the streak.”
To help raise awareness of this tragic, daily statistic, TxDOT is asking people to share personal stories of loved ones lost in car crashes on their social media pages using photo and video testimonials with the hashtag, #EndTheStreakTX. The agency also will be posting startling statistics for the public to repost on social media outlets to help share this important message.
The leading causes of fatalities continue to be failure to stay in one lane, alcohol and speed. To decrease the chances of roadway crashes and fatalities, TxDOT reminds drivers to:
Buckle seatbelts – all passengers need to be buckled
Pay attention – put phone away and avoid distractions
Never drink and drive – drunk driving kills; get a sober ride home
Drive the speed limit – obey speed limits and drive slower when weather conditions warrant
The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining 80,000 miles of road and for supporting aviation, rail, and public transportation across the state. Through collaboration and leadership, we deliver a safe, reliable, and integrated transportation system that enables the movement of people and goods.