ROUND ROCK, TX (10/10/2015) — A driver who ran a red light caused a two-vehicle collision that killed Irene and Kate Edwards, and injured Rick Edwards and Dave Foy on Saturday.
According to Round Rock police, 64-year-old Irene Edwards and her 33-year-old daughter Kate Edwards were both killed as a result of a two-vehicle car accident on October 10 in Austin, Texas.
This fatal accident occurred at the intersection of East Palm Valley Boulevard and Harrell Parkway in Round Rock, Texas at around 6:25 p.m.
Both women were educators from the Simi Valley and Oak Park unified school districts.
“Kate was special both as a person as well as a talented and committed teacher,” Stewart McGugan, principal of Oak Park Independent School and Oak View High School said. “We will miss her. Our thoughts and prayers are now focused on her father who is in intensive care at a local Texas hospital.”
Police reported that the driver of a minivan ran a red light and broadsided the Edwards’ vehicle on the passenger side.
Irene Edwards lost her life at the scene. Her daughter, Kate, was rushed to Seton Hospital Williamson in Austin, where she later died from her injuries.
According to investigators, Rick Edwards, Irene’s husband, remains in critical condition at an Austin hospital. Kate’s fiancé, Dave Foy, survived the crash with minor injuries.
McGugan stated that the accident occurred as the Edwards family and Foy were driving to a wedding rehearsal dinner for Clayton Edwards—the Edwards’ son.
An investigation into this fatal car accident continues.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, red light running is the leading cause of urban car accidents. What caused the responsible party to run a red light? Were they distracted while driving? Sadly, this accident was probably avoidable had the driver been paying attention; however, a complete investigation will give us some answers. If you have any information regarding this fatal wreck, please leave us a comment below.