2012-08-02 / Front Page

Tragic Accident Claims Four Lives

Travis County deputies investigated a two car accident Monday morning that took the life of a young woman, her two children and her unborn baby. While the Travis County Medical Examiner had not released the names of the victims as of press time on Tuesday, word around Lexington had spread fast and their identifications were sadly known.

Elizabeth (Herro) Dowdy, age 25, along with her two young boys, Fischer and Ben, and her unborn child, lost their lives in a tragic two car accident outside of Elgin Monday morning at about 9:45 a.m. According to the Travis County DPS, Elizabeth was traveling northbound on Hwy. 95 in a late model Mazda sedan, a few miles outside of Elgin heading to Taylor, when she had a head-on collision with a Toyota minivan.

DPS reported that when EMS arrived on the scene, the Mazda was engulfed in flames. The investigation suggested that all the passengers in the Mazda died almost instantly.

Elizabeth was brought up in Lexington. She was married to Sam Dowdy, Jr. and was about five months pregnant.

Elizabeth is survived by her husband, Sam Dowdy, Jr., her mother Julie and husband John Diem, father Jeff and wife Lisa Herro of Lexington, sisters Jennifer Herro and Lauren and husband Dan Dowdy of Taylor, mother and father-in-law Rhonda and Sam Dowdy of Thrall, and sister-in-law Amanda Dowdy of Lubbock.

The victims in the Toyota minivan were Jeanette Fields and her three daughters, all of whom were taken to Austin area hospitals for critical injuries, the extent of which were not known as of press time.

In light of this tragedy, DPS investigating officer, Robbie Barrera, said, “We don’t know why this crash occurred, but as a safety measure, when we’re driving down the road, we need to limit all distractions – cell phone calls, texting; just concentrate on driving, with both hands on the steering wheel,” she said. “Keep your eyes moving and be aware of your surroundings to prevent a tragedy like this from happening.”

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