Car club mourns loss of youngest member after he was killed in weekend crash

Travis Kilian, 20, and mother, Carla Kilian, 55, died in head-on crash Friday

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SAN ANTONIO – The community of Alamo Heights is mourning the loss of a mother and son after a head-on crash.

It happened on Friday In Kimble County, about 14 miles north of Junction. The crash killed Travis Kilian, 20, and his mother, Carla Kilian, 55. Travis' dad and brother survived the crash.

Jody Ornelas with Alamo City Rods said he remembers when Travis joined the classic car group. Travis was 17, still a student at Alamo Heights High School.

"He always liked to work on cars," Ornelas said. "His car may have been his grandparents' car so, he basically rebuilt that car and would come out and join us and join the club and he was really excited about being with the club and we were excited to have them."

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Ornelas said Travis had a genuine appreciation for classic cars and hot rods, and at 20-years-old, he was still one of the youngest members of their group.

"Travis was just a real nice kid, I should say young man now," Ornelas said. "Just a nice young man, always willing to help."

Travis and his mother, Carla were killed on Friday after the driver of a Chevrolet Camaro veered into the wrong side of the highway and crashed into a vehicle being towed by a truck that Travis Kilian and his family were in.

Troopers with the Texas Department Of Public Safety said the impact caused their truck to roll over and land in a ditch.

"It's definitely going to be tough for everyone," Ornelas said. "We wish the family the best. We hope for a speedy recovery for his dad and his brother. We share in the condolences in the passing of his mom as well, but we pray for his family and his friends. If there's anything we can do, we'll be here for them."

Travis's brother, Zachary and dad, John survived the crash. Zachary is still recovering at University Hospital.

Alamo Heights School officials said John shared his sincere appreciation for the outpouring of love and support for his family.


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