Hays High student killed in collision near Buda

UPDATE – 1:37 p.m. March 2

In a statement on the district’s Facebook page, Hays CISD is mourning the loss of Brynn Aylor, who was killed in Wednesday’s accident along FM 2770.

“Words cannot properly express our sorrow and grief. We pray for her family, friends, peers, teachers, and loved ones,” the statement said.

The accident has also affected the “district in too many ways” as Heather and Norah Wartenburg, who were injured in the wreck, are “also beloved members of our Hays CISD family,” the statement read.

Norah is a Hays High junior and her mother, Heather, is involved in many campus and district activities.

“We continue to wish them a successful recovery,” according to the statement. “Let us comfort each other as we cope with this sudden and shocking tragedy.”

Below is the statement posted on the Hays CISD Facebook page. 

Our hearts are broken.
Today, we mourn the loss of a beautiful and precious member of our school district family – 16-year-old Hays High School sophomore Brynn Aylor. She was killed in a car accident Wednesday afternoon as she was heading home from school. Words cannot properly express our sorrow and grief. We pray for her family, friends, peers, teachers, and loved ones.
The devastating car accident on Jack C. Hays Trail has affected the district in too many ways. Heather and Norah Wartenburg, who were injured in the wreck, are also beloved members of our Hays CISD family. Norah is a Hays High School junior and her mother Heather is an active parent who is involved in many campus and district activities. We continue to wish them a successful recovery.
Let us comfort each other as we cope with this sudden and shocking tragedy.

UPDATE: 10:11 a.m. March 2

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) officials have released the identities of two people who were injured in Wednesday’s fatal accident along FM 2770 near Buda.

Heather Colleen Wartenburg, 57, of Kyle, and Norah Elize Wartenburg, 16, of Kyle, were both transported to University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin Wednesday. Heather Wartenburg is listed in serious condition and Norah Wartenburg is in stable condition, according to a DPS spokesperson.

According to a preliminary DPS crash report, Wednesday’s collision occurred roughly one mile south of Buda on FM 2770. The collision involved a 2009 Ford Mustang driven by Brynn Ashtyn Aylor, 16, of Buda, and a 1998 Ford Expedition driven by Heather Wartenburg.

Brynn Ashtyn Aylor. Photo courtesy of Hays CISD.

The Mustang was traveling north on FM 2770 “likely at a high rate of speed” when it was passed by another car in a no passing zone prior to a curve, according to the report.

The Mustang lost control shortly after being passed. While negotiating the curve, the vehicle overcorrected and spun into the southbound lane of traffic. The Mustang was struck on the passenger side by the Expedition, which was traveling south on FM 2770. Both vehicles rested in the roadway, according to the DPS report.

According to a DPS spokesperson, the speed on the roadway is 55 miles per hour and the weather was clear and dry at the time of the collision.

The official detailed report has not been released at this time. DPS officials are still investigating.

EARLIER 

A Hays High sophomore has been identified as the victim in a fatal head-on collision that occurred along FM 2770 near Cement Plant Road outside of Buda Wednesday.

In an email sent to Hays High parents, Hays CISD officials identified Brynn Aylor, 16, of Buda, as the victim in the accident. Aylor, according to the letter, was a member of the Hays Rebel softball team.

According to a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) spokesperson, the accident occurred at 4:35 p.m. Wednesday and involved two vehicle.

Aylor, who was the driver of a Ford Mustang, was pronounced dead at the scene by Hays County Pct. 5 Justice of the Peace Scott Cary, who has ordered an autopsy.

Two females in a Ford Expedition were also injured in the accident. Both were transported to Brackenridge Hospital in Austin with serious injuries. Officials have not released the identity of the two females who were injured in the SUV.

Tim Savoy, Hays CISD public information officer, said crisis counselors will be at Hays High Thursday for students and staff.

“Students and staff will react in different ways to the loss of one of our school community members, some more intense than others,” Savoy said in the letter. “Traumatic events like the loss of a friend or peer can trigger emotional responses that may require counseling support.”

DPS officials continue to investigate the accident. This story is developing. We will provide updates as they become available.

 

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