A crash on Highway 16 near Smith Road that seriously injured a 6-year-old boy and sent two other people to a hospital Tuesday was the fault of a distracted driver, according to a Bexar County sheriff's investigator at the scene.
Lt. Dennis Casillas said a 69-year-old woman was on the phone when deputies arrived on the scene. However, Casillas said detectives would have to subpoena phone records to determine if that was also the case at the actual time of the crash.
The woman was driving a Chevrolet HHR when she rear-ended an Audi sedan that had stopped for a school bus on Highway 16 North just sound of Smith Road around 7:30 a.m., Casillas said.
"The bus had the flashing red lights and that's why the Audi stopped," Casillas said. "A 69-year-old female approached at a pretty good high rate of speed and rear-ended the vehicle with no skid marks whatsoever."
Casillas said the speed limit on Highway 16 is 70 mph. But, with the lack of skid marks, there was no way to tell how fast the woman’s car was going at the time, Casillas said.
Although the side of the car where the 7-year-old was seated took the hardest hit, his younger brother was injured most seriously. He had to be flown to a hospital by helicopter.
"The 6 year old in the back seat was found on the floor board between the front seats and the rear seat," Casillas said. "His 7-year-old brother was in the passenger's seat. He stated he was wearing his seatbelt. He's fine."
The woman had to be extricated from her car. Both she and the boys' father were rushed to a hospital by ambulance.
Casillas said it's too soon to tell whether the female driver will face criminal charges. He said, at the very least, she will be cited for failing to stop for a school bus.
The school bus was not involved in the crash, and no children on the bus were hurt, Casillas said.
To view recent stories done by Katrina Webber, click here.