Traffic fatality reported out of Fredericksburg this morning

Update released: June 7, 2018

According to the Fredericksburg Police Department, “On June 6th, 2018 at approximately 6:56 am, the Fredericksburg Police Department was dispatched to a major traffic collision at the intersection of East Main Street and Washington Street.

It was determined that a 2011 Kenworth truck tractor pulling a semi-trailer was traveling north on Washington and was turning left, westbound, on to East Main Street.

The truck tractor was driven by Enrique Martinez of San Antonio, Texas (age 56). A witness reported that Martinez was facing a green traffic light. A 2018 Kia Optima was traveling eastbound in the 300 block of East Main Street. The Kia was driven by Brian Young of Leesville, South Carolina (Age 51). The vehicle also had a front seat passenger, Starla Cook also of Leesville, South Carolina (Age 50).

According to Cook, Young was possibly having a medical emergency and passed out while driving and Cook was unable to take control of the vehicle from the passenger’s seat. The Kia then entered the intersection while facing a red traffic light and struck the left side of the semi-trailer. The Kia then traveled under the semi-trailer and came to rest in the 400 block of East Main Street.

Young was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash. Cook was extracted from the vehicle by the Fredericksburg Fire Department and was later airlifted to San Antonio with non-life threatening injuries. Martinez received no physical injury as a result of the crash. The investigation continues.”

Original Story: June 6, 2018

A press release regarding a major accident that took place this morning in Fredericksburg was issued by the Fredericksburg Police Department.

The press release reads, “On June 6, 2018, at 6:56 AM, officers from the Fredericksburg Police Department were dispatched to a major accident at the intersection of Main Street and Washington Street. The preliminary investigation shows that a tractor trailer was traveling northbound on Washington Street and was attempting to make a left turn to travel westbound on Main Street. A passenger vehicle was traveling eastbound on Main Street. Witnesses reported that the tractor trailer was in the intersection turning when the passenger vehicle failed to stop at a red light and drove underneath the trailer.

The driver of the tractor trailer was traveling alone and was uninjured.

The driver of the passenger vehicle was found to be deceased from injuries sustained during the accident. The passenger had to be extracted from the vehicle by the Fredericksburg Fire Department and was later airlifted to San Antonio. At the time of this press release, the passenger reportedly received non-life threatening injuries.

The accident is still being investigated with the assistance of Texas Department of Public Safety.”