Driver’s son has fractured ankle
Uvalde resident Timothy C. Walker, 46, was pronounced dead Saturday evening at the scene of a two-vehicle wreck on Highway 90. Firefighters extricated Walker’s 8-year-old son, who was airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio. He sustained a fractured ankle and bruising.
The driver of the other vehicle, an 18-wheeler, was also hospitalized. His condition is not known and his name was not released by the Texas Department of Public Safety, who is investigating the wreck.
The head-on collision was reported at 4:57 p.m., when first responders were dispatched to U.S. Highway 90, two miles east of Uvalde.
According to the department, preliminary investigation revealed the 2019 Freightliner towing a trailer was traveling east on the roadway as Walker was traveling west in a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado.
“Investigation showed that the Chevrolet Silverado drove onto the eastbound lane striking the semi-trailer. After impact, the truck tractor and semi trailer jackknifed and came to a rest on the south side of U.S. Highway 90 along the fence line,” read a DPS press release. “The Silverado came to a rest on the north side of the roadway along the brush.”
In addition to freeing Walker’s son, Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department members set up a landing zone for AirLIFE. Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office and Uvalde Police Department provided traffic control. The roadway was closed for five hours.
Walker traveled to San Antonio with his friend, Rudy Ballesteros, who was picking up a motorcycle that he drove back, according to Walker’s girlfriend, Vanessa Ruiz.
Ruiz said the last time she spoke to Walker was around 2:30 p.m., when he phoned her to tell her he was about to depart San Antonio.
“He said, ‘Hey baby, we are fixing to take off. I just need to take Rudy to get gas,’” Ruiz said. “And that was it.”
According to Lavonne Windsor, Walker’s mother, her grandson has been released from the hospital.
He has a fractured left ankle and he is wearing a boot. He also has a nasty bruise where the seat belt got him,” Windsor said.
The young boy is a student at Anthon Elementary. The collision occurred a day after Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District released for spring break.
Windsor said it has been roughly two weeks since she last spoke to her son.
“I don’t remember the conversation, but I know we always closed with I love you,” Windsor said.
Walker’s funeral service is under the direction of Comanche National Funeral Home out of Oklahoma.