‘Reckless’ driver causes chain-reaction crash killing two on SH 71

Santiago Vega, left, and mother Cynthia, killed in a crash on SH 71 near Spicewood on Nov. 28, 2016 (Family Photos)
Santiago Vega, left, and mother Cynthia, killed in a crash on SH 71 near Spicewood on Nov. 28, 2016 (Courtesy/Vega Family Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A crash on State Highway 71 near Spicewood resulted in the death of a Lake Travis High School senior and his mother, Monday morning.

The Travis County Sheriff’s Office says the crash at around 8 a.m. involved two passenger vehicles and a semi-truck.

Santiago Vega, 17, and his mother Cynthia Vega, 46, were identified by Lake Travis High School as the victims in the crash. The school has arranged to have district counselors on campus this week to help students.

Santiago Vega, left, and mother Cynthia, killed in a crash on SH 71 near Spicewood on Nov. 28, 2016 (Family Photos)
Santiago Vega, left, and mother Cynthia, killed in a crash on SH 71 near Spicewood on Nov. 28, 2016 (Courtesy/Vega Family Photo)

The Department of Public Safety says the 29-year-old driver of a Subaru was driving westbound on SH 71 at a high rate of speed and being “reckless” when he lost control at a curve, entered the eastbound lane and collided with Cynthia’s Ford Focus at Fall Creek Estates Drive.

The Focus struck the eastbound guardrail and the Subaru ended up in a ditch. Investigators say the driver of an 18-wheeler pulling a flat bed tried to avoid the crash in front of him but was unable to avoid the Focus and ended up hitting the car’s passenger side. The impact caused the Focus to flip onto its passenger side.

Santiago and Cynthia died at the scene. A second passenger in the Focus, a 50-year-old man, was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge for treatment. The driver of the Subaru was also taken to the hospital for treatment.

DPS says the driver of the Subaru has not been charged at this time, but that could change depending on the outcome of the completed investigation.

Services for Santiago and Cynthia are scheduled for Friday at 4 p.m. at Wilcox Funeral Home in Marble Falls.

The Lake Travis High principal said Santiago was well-liked by fellow students. “Not an unkind word to say about Santiago. He represents what is great about Lake Travis High, just [a] hard working student.”

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