One Llano High School student was killed and one remains in critical condition following a single-car rollover accident on SH 71 July 8.
Justin Logan, 17, injured in the accident that claimed the life of Kassie Mae Zavadil Turner, 16, remains in stable but critical condition at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin.
Less seriously injured in the crash was the driver of the vehicle, Corey Allen Wunderlich, 17, who was treated at Brackenridge after being air lifted from the scene, and Terry Inman, 16, treated at Llano Memorial Hospital.
Logan was ejected from the vehicle and sustained injuries to the right side of his body, most seriously to his head, but including non-threatening fractures and hundreds of ant stings, according to his grandmother Jeanette McPherson.
“Justin is young and strong and we have hope and faith he will recover fully,” she said, describing encouraging signs of movement and squeezing a hand as her grandson depends on a ventilator and feeding tube.
McPherson said she imagines missing this first week of football camp, as a senior at Llano High, will be Logan’s biggest concern when he wakes up.
“One of his coaches visited him yesterday,” said McPherson. “People have been wonderful. Every time I have been there 15 to 20 people have been in the room. They have taken money and food to his mother (Judy Logan of Llano). His friends have been supportive.
“Of course, that comes with living in a small town and we appreciate it,” she added.
Wunderlich was driving a 2001 Ford F150 extended-cab pickup, eastbound and about two miles east of CR 307, when the accident occurred, according to Department of Public Safety Trooper Eric Morgan.
Two more boys in a following vehicle called in the accident at 10:07 p.m., bringing immediate response by DPS and Llano Emergency Medical Service, but Zavadil Turner was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Era Marion. She was the daughter of Connie and Walter Turner.
Her funeral services were held at Llano High School and burial was at Llano Memorial Cemetery Saturday.
According to the initial investigation, the pickup was traveling over 70 miles per hour when the wheels hit dirt off the right-hand side of the road, overcorrected, crossed the road to hit an embankment and rolled back across the highway to come to rest in the bar ditch on the south side of SH 71.
No contributing factor was identified for the crash. A senior DPS officer in Fredericksburg, said Tuesday that the investigation could go on for months and that no further information would be provided until it was complete
Both Llano and Marble Falls EMS responded to the call along with Starflight and Air Evac.
DPS was assisted by City of Llano and Llano Sheriff’s Department officers and the Llano Volunteer Fire Department assisted with clean-up that was not complete until 1:21 a.m.