2010-06-11 / Front Page

Close call on U.S. 183/190

Lometa woman escapes serious injury Tuesday when deer strikes windshield
By JIM LOWE
Staff Writer

Lampasas businessman Andy Witcher was driving in the opposite direction when he saw Daisy Torres’ Toyota Camry -- with its smashed windshield and crumpled roof. Witcher quickly turned his vehicle around and rushed to offer assistance. PHOTO BY DAVID LOWE Lampasas businessman Andy Witcher was driving in the opposite direction when he saw Daisy Torres’ Toyota Camry -- with its smashed windshield and crumpled roof. Witcher quickly turned his vehicle around and rushed to offer assistance. PHOTO BY DAVID LOWE Daisy Torres was headed south on U.S. 183/190 several miles from Lampasas when suddenly, she remembers, her windshield came crashing toward her.

It was Tuesday morning, about 7:45 a.m., and Mrs. Torres was on her way to meet a daughter from Marble Falls. The two had planned to meet at the Donut Palace. From there, they were to drive to a Temple hospital to see another daughter of Mrs. Torres, Marissa Carrillo, who just the night before had given birth.

But those plans appeared to go by the wayside after Mrs. Torres’ Toyota Camry collided with a deer. A large buck ran in front of the vehicle, and the deer jumped into the windshield, Sgt. Tony Barrio of the Lampasas Police Department said.

In a telephone interview Tuesday morning, Mrs. Torres said of the deer: “I swear he was aiming for me.” Although the deer missed her, particles of glass struck the Lometa woman in the face. The deer was killed.

The accident occurred 3.6 miles north of Lampasas city limits.

Stunned by what she had just experienced and bleeding from the head, Mrs. Torres stopped her vehicle and called her husband, Amado, who was in Brownwood working for the freight railroad Burlington Northern- Santa Fe Corp.

Torres urged her to stop by Rollins Brook Community Hospital. But, Mrs. Torres said, “My children and grandchildren are my life. All I could think about was getting to my children and grandchildren.”

Could she have been in a state of shock?

“I believe so,” she answered. “I’m very shaky still.”

Despite what she had just been through, Mrs. Torres continued driving toward Lampasas. Once in town, she proceeded down Key Avenue toward the doughnut store.

As she was turning off Key Avenue onto U.S. Highway 281 South near the Donut Palace, local businessman Andy Witcher drove by her.

“I saw the windshield all busted out, and the roof was pulled back,” Witcher recalled. As for Mrs. Torres, Witcher said: “She was covered in blood.”

He thought to himself: “That’s not right. This lady shouldn’t be driving.”

Witcher quickly turned his vehicle around and rushed to offer assistance. By then, Mrs. Torres had pulled up between the Donut Palace and Bob’s Garage & Radiator Shop.

Witcher approached the Toyota, where Mrs. Torres was still in the driver’s seat. “My daughter’s on her way,” she told him.

About that time, Barrio and Mrs. Torres’ daughter from Marble Falls drove up.

As Mrs. Torres got out of her car, blood was coming from her forehead, Witcher said. “She had lots of cuts. There was a lot of (deer) hair in the vehicle on the seats.”

Soon, Capital Ambulance took Mrs. Torres to Rollins Brook. There, she underwent a CT scan, which, Mrs. Torres said, turned out “OK.”

She said she sustained several abrasions to her eyes but added, “I’m very blessed to be alive.”

Said the Lometa woman: “God was with me. He took care of me. I had no glass in my face. No stitches.”

She has words of advice for other drivers, though.

“People still need to be careful with those deer.”

Mrs. Torres expressed appreciation for Barrio, who came by the hospital later Tuesday morning to check on her. “He’s a wonderful person -- very, very caring,” she said of the police officer.

The Lometa woman believes, as she said her mother who passed away several years ago did, that “God’s angels are always watching over me. I thank God I’m all right.”

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