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Traffic mishaps claim two lives

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Two people were killed in traffic accidents that occurred on Friday, Sept. 13, and Sunday, Sept. 15, in Bandera County, authorities reported.

The latter one, which was reported on PR 37 about four miles west of Lakehills on Sunday, about 5:50 p.m., left both vehicles, a 2018 Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, engulfed in flames, authorities said.

Investigators with the Texas Department of Public Safety said Joseph Lawrence Porrini, 55, of Lakehills, was driving the motorcycle westbound on PR 37 when for an unknown reason he veered into the eastbound lane and hit the Silverado head on.

Porrini was killed in the accident, the DPS reported.

The driver of the truck, Michael Allen Davis, 22, of La Vernia, was not injured. A few passengers were with him in the truck, but none were taken to a hospital for treatment, officials said.

Ben Hicks, chief of the Medina Lake Volunteer Fire Department, said firefighters found the vehicles engulfed in flames when they arrived at the scene. He speculated that the motorcycle’s fuel tank may have ruptured in the collision, triggering the fire, which the fire department brought under control.

On Friday, at about 2:15 p.m., a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 16 and Bear Creek Road near Pipe Creek left Mary Karen Poza, 74, of Pipe Creek dead, the DPS reported.

Investigators said Poza had stopped her 2017 Subaru Forester at a stop sign at the Bear Creek – Highway 16 intersection but entered the intersection when it was unsafe to do so and was hit by a northbound 2017 Jeep Wrangler driven by Kristin Denise Barth, 37, of Bandera.

Poza died at the scene, and Barth was transported to University Hospital in San Antonio for treatment. A spokeswoman for the hospital said on Monday, Sept. 17, that Barth had been discharged.

A report filed by the DPS on the fatality said all the factors that contributed to the mishap were unknown but were still under investigation.

In reporting on the fatalities, troopers reminded drivers to abide by all traffic laws, to minimize any distractions, to control the speed of their vehicles and to be cautious at intersections.