COUPLAND — The family of 25-year-old Elizabeth Dowdy has confirmed she was the driver killed in Monday's collision on Hwy. 95 between Taylor and Elgin.
Dowdy was pregnant at the time of her death. Also pronounced dead at the scene were her sons, Fischer, 3, and 2-year-old Benjamin. Elizabeth is survived by her husband and the children's father, Samuel Dowdy, Jr., of Salado.
According to DPS trooper Robbie Barrera, around 9:45 a.m., a Mazda four-door car heading northbound on Hwy. 95 swerved into the southbound lane, hitting a Toyota van that was heading in the opposite direction.
"Of course, 95 is a two-lane, no passing roadway, but for some unknown reason, the Mazda went into the southbound lane of traffic, and the driver of the Toyota took evasive action when she noticed that the Mazda was in the wrong lane of traffic, causing them to hit head on," she said.
Upon impact, Barrera said the Mazda burst into flames, leaving everything unrecognizable. However, it does it appear that there was an adult and two children in the car, who all died at the scene.
The driver of the Toyota, however, has been identified as Jeanette Fields, of Hutto, who was with her three daughters – seven-year-old twins and an eight year old, Barrera said.
"The mom was taken to Brackenridge Hospital, and the three daughters were taken to DELL Children's Hospital," she said, adding that their conditions were unknown at the time.
Presently, Hwy. 95 is closed in both directions for about a mile in order to conduct an investigation on the accident, and Barrera said she encouraged people to avoid driving on the road all together, if possible.
"Hwy. 95 is closed, so you can't get through," she said. "(Police) are making people take alternate routes, but best-case scenario is if you can prevent from coming down 95, to do so."
In light of this tragedy, Barrera said everyone is reminded to drive safely.
"We don't know why this crash occurred, but as a safety measure, when we're driving down the road, we need to limit all distractions – cell phone calls, texting; just concentrate on driving, with both hands on the steering wheel," she said. "Keep your eyes moving and be aware of your surroundings to prevent a tragedy like this from happening."