Accident claims life of Gonzales teen


Texas Department of Public Safety troopers investigated a Tuesday, Jan. 25, accident which claimed the life of a Gonzales High School student.

According to DPS Sgt. Kenny Mata, at approximately 5:57 a.m., DPS troopers responded to crash at the intersection of Farm-to-Market Road 3282 and U.S. 183, about 2-3 miles south of Gonzales. Their preliminary investigation indicates that a 2019 Nissan Frontier, driven by 16-year-old Katelyn Carter of Gonzales, was stopped at the stop sign at the intersection.

A 2007 Peterbilt truck-tractor and trailer, driven by a Stockdale man, was southbound on US 183 approaching the intersection of FM 3282 and US 183. Carter’s vehicle pulled out onto US 183 in an attempt to turn and may have failed to yield the right of way to the truck-tractor, causing it to strike the Nissan Frontier on the driver’s side.

While the driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured, Carter was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Deidra Voigt. Carter’s next of kin have been notified, Mata said.

Mata said the weather was foggy at the time of the accident and road conditions were wet. The speed limit on U.S. 183 at the intersection with FM 3282 is 70 mph.