Woman killed in 3-vehicle wreck

Written by Andrew Traub

April 24, 2009

One woman died Tuesday shortlye before 11 a.m. in a wreck at Bee Cave Road near MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1).

Sgt. Dane Baker of the Department of Public Safety said a gold Toyota pickup was traveling west on Bee Cave in the far right lane when it was clipped in the back by a white Mazda RX in the left lane, causing the truck to spin into the eastbound lane of Bee Cave.  Baker said the truck was then hit on the side by an eastbound Toyota Yaris.  The driver of the Yaris, Linda Gail Hartner, 54, of Austin, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man driving the 2007 Toyota pickup, RIchard Hanson, 68, of Austin, was taken to University Medical Center at Brackenridge.  The driver of the Mazda was not injured, Baker said.

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  1. Bill

    It was not an accident. Linda died as a result of a collision caused by other negligent driver(s).

  2. Bill

    Published in Westlake Picayune
    Motorist charged in auto fatality
    Wednesday, July 15, 2009 | Ed Allen | 4
    By Will Pafford, Staff Writer

    A Travis County resident involved with a fatal collision on Bee Cave Road was charged with criminally negligent homicide, a felony, on June 24.

    Richard R. Hanson, 68, turned himself in to the Travis County Jail on June 29 after Travis County officials issued a warrant for his arrest. He is no longer in jail, according to jail records.

    Hanson was involved in a collision at 10714 Bee Cave Road that resulted in the death of another driver, Linda Gail Hartner.

    According to the arrest affidavit, Hanson was traveling west on Bee Cave Road in the outside lane on the day of the collision.

    As Hanson approached a sharp curve in the road, his gold Toyota Tundra pickup truck drifted into the inside lane, striking a white Mazda RX-8.

    Both vehicles began to fish tail and they collided a second time before Hanson lost complete control of his truck and skidded into oncoming traffic that was traveling east, according to the affidavit.

    Hartner, who was driving a Toyota Yaris eastbound, hit Hanson’s passenger side door head-on, according to the affidavit.

    Hartner died at the scene.

    Officials spoke with Hanson and learned that Hanson was driving home from a prior afternoon workout session before the accident.

    “Hanson may have been fatigued or asleep driving his vehicle and may not have reacted in time to prevent the crash,” according to the affidavit.


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