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FROM STAFF REPORTS

MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls police believe alcohol might have been a factor in an early morning accident that left a 47-year-old Granite Shoals woman dead.

Marble Falls police as well as Marble Falls Fire Rescue and Marble Falls Area EMS responded to a two-vehicle accident about 2:20 a.m. Sept. 21 in the 1400 block of U.S. 281 in Marble Falls.

Marble Falls Police Sgt. Barry Greer said a 2003 Chevy Silverado pickup driven by Matthew Lewallen was heading north on U.S. 281 and, for “as yet to be determined” reasons, left its lane and crossed into southbound traffic.

The truck collided with a Ford Explorer driven by Sandra Hart of Granite Shoals.

“(It was) basically a driver-side, headlight-to-headlight collision,” Greer said. “It was a high-speed impact and effectively destroyed both vehicles.”

Hart died as a result of the collision.

Lewallen of Burnet was transported to Seton Highland Lakes Hospital for evaluation. Greer said he was going to check on Lewallen’s condition Sept. 22.

Lewallen’s passenger, Matthew King, 23, of Kyle, was arrested on site and charged with public intoxication. He was booked into the Burnet County Jail and released later the same day after posting a $500 bond.

“We believe alcohol was a factor in the crash, and there is an ongoing investigation,” Greer said.

editor@thepicayune.com

13 thoughts on “Marble Falls police believe alcohol involved in early morning fatal accident on U.S. 281

  1. The driver was arrested last night and charged with Intoxication Manslaughter.

  2. Unbelievable someone is trying defend passenger. before making ignorant statements you should first read laws and definitions of public intoxication. then try answering question of why such amazing person didn’t make it home after work that morning. Someone who did so much for others. if you knew half of what they have already been through n sacrifices they made already you would understand the devastation this has caused. this amazing woman did so much for so many n was taken while providing by careless partiers. yet u try defend someone who is intoxicated. ask yourself who is real victim here.

  3. When I think of how many times I or someone in my family have driven home from WalMart on that same stretch of road at that same time….that could have been any of us. How very tragic for the Hart family.

  4. And another thing, she was working doing nothing wrong in her lane. Providing for her family.Steve you are inconsiderate.

  5. Yes, tragic and senseless, that is why the driver MUST be held accountable. It was no ones fault but his and he must own up. Manslaughter at the very least. Years and years in jail. Maybe if we cracked down and actually punished the drunk drivers they would think twice about getting behind the wheel. Young kids need to get better brain development to get a license. How about 25?

  6. A Mother and a wife is dead! She leaves a husband grieving from not only her death, but the recent deaths of a brother and a sister-in-law. The fact that attention is immediately diverted to the driver and his passenger is tragic, unto itself. The lack of outrage for the irresponsible use of alcohol, and the resultant loss of innocent life is abhorrent. Stop and consider the lives of those who lost this remarkable woman, lives that will be affected for too many years to count. Tragic and senseless.

  7. Really….someone died and you are worried about the passenger being arrested for Intoxication?

  8. How can you arrest somebody for PI if they were a passenger in a vehcile that was in an accident?

    1. It was not and accident they made a careless choice and it took my mother. That is a choice.

      1. Melissa, I’m so sorry for your families lose. I’ve known your mom since High School and she was a wonderful person and loved her family very much.

  9. Another reason to thank the city leaders and EDC hand outs for promoting more liquor stores, save the alcoholic from extinction brewing companies and the local alcohol serving movie theater for providing even more opportunities for alcoholics to murder innocent citizens inside the city limits.

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