AUSTIN (KXAN) — The woman killed in a collision along HWY 71 has been identified as a longtime Chemistry teacher at Lake Travis High School.
A message sent to parents by Lake Travis ISD identified Ginger Johnson as the victim of the crash that happened in the 11000 block of W. State Highway 71 west of Austin just before 8 a.m. on Thursday.
Johnson had been with LTISD since 1991 and taught Pre-AP and AP Chemistry while serving as Chair of the Science Department.
“I realize this news is upsetting, especially for those who knew Mrs. Johnson, or whose children were taught by Mrs. Johnson,” said LTISD Superintendent Brad Lancaster.
Lake Travis High principal Kimberley Brents says Johnson did not take her normal route to work Thursday because of a doctor’s appointment. According to Brents, “Ginger was one who could always find the positive in everything, she was a bright spot in everybody’s day. Lake Travis High will never be the same.”
The district’s crisis team is available to assist students and faculty during this time.Counselor Susan Endendyk said, “It is a shock, a shock to everyone. That’s what we’re telling the students, if you haven’t experienced shock this is what it is.”
“The LTISD family extends its deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences on the loss of our dear friend and colleague. I ask that you please keep Mrs. Johnson and her family in your thoughts and prayers,” said Lancaster.
Johnson was traveling westbound on HWY 71 in the right lane when another driver crossed into oncoming traffic, crashing into Johnson head-on. Jyoti Singh, the driver of the other vehicle, and her eight-year-old son were taken to UMC Brackenridge. Singh is listed in fair condition and her son is in good condition.
Ginger Johnson leaves a husband and two grown daughters. Memorial plans are still pending.