Four victims in Fredericksburg crash identified


GILLESPIE COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Leander ISD students will wear blue on Monday to remember one of the four people who died in a crash over the weekend.

The Texas Department of Public Safety has confirmed four people died and five were injured after a three-vehicle crash near Fredericksburg Saturday morning. Gillespie County Emergency Coordinator John Culpepper says the crash occurred at 11:51 a.m. on US 290, half a mile east of Farm Road 1376.

Culpepper could not say if wet weather was a factor, but did say it was raining at the time.

According to DPS, the driver of a white Toyota car was traveling westbound in the inside lane when it lost control and struck a brown Chevrolet traveling west in the outside lane, causing the car to veer over the double yellow center line and into the eastbound lane. A white Chevrolet Suburban traveling east in the inside lane collided with the Toyota, and the pickup truck struck a tree.

Destiny Conatser, 17, was killed in a crash on U.S. 290 near Fredericksburg on Dec. 3 (Courtesy/Family Photo)

Deceased victims identified:

  • Destiny Conatser, 17
  • Evan Langbein, 16
  • Keith Hoover, 58
  • Don Corley Jr., 61

The driver of the Toyota, Destiny Conatser, 17, of Round Rock, and her passenger Evan Langbein, 16, died at the scene. Leander Independent School District confirmed that Conatser was a student in the district. Students will wear blue on Monday to remember Conatser.

Keith Hoover, 58, and Don Corley Jr., 61, who were in the Suburban, were also killed. Officials say Corley not wearing a seat belt and was taken to Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredricksburg. Their wives, Carol Hoover, 57, and Sandra Corley, 61, were taken to St. David’s hospital in South Austin.

The driver of the suburban Robert Thomas, 66, and his wife Sharon Thomas of Azel, Texas were also taken to Hill Country Memorial Hospital for injuries. The driver of the Chevy truck Wayne Talley, 66, of Johnson City, was taken to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

The crash is still under investigation.

A GoFundMe campaign has been created for Conaster and Langbein.

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