Auto accident near Burnet claims life of former Brady woman

A former Brady woman was killed instantly Friday afternoon in a two-car accident near Burnet when a Dallas man, suspected of being on drugs, lost control of his vehicle and smashed into her car. Dead at the scene was Lydia Ruth Rickman Carter, 40, of Gainesville. She was the daughter of Allie Mary Rickman of Brady. Her daughter, Alyssa, 15, was airlifted to Austin’s Brackenridge Hospital where she was listed in fair condition with broken ribs and internal injuries. Mrs. Carter was enroute to Houston to meet her husband, Gary, who was returning from a missionary trip to Africa. He is pastor of the United Pentecostal Church in Gainesville where his wife was the church’s secretary and treasurer. According to District Attorney Sam Oatman of Llano, the accident occurred at 12:45 p.m. two miles east of Burnet on U.S. Hwy. 29. Mrs. Carter was heading east when an automobile going west, which was suspected to be stolen, left the roadway on the right side. The driver overcorrected causing the car to slam directly into the driver’s side of Mrs. Carter’s car. Oatman said the occupants in the stolen car were three young Dallas men, ranging in age from 18-20. They were not injured in the wreck. They, however, are suspected of committing aggravated robbery earlier in the day in Dallas. “The investigating officers found two types of substances in the car, and the driver of the car failed a sobriety test that was not alcohol. We won’t know until testing is complete as to what type of drugs they are,” he told The Standard-Herald Monday afternoon. Oatman said the driver has been charged with intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault in the accident. The three were incarcerated in Burnet County Jail, the district attorney said. According to family reports, Rev. Carter was met at Houston International Airport by Mrs. Carter’s brother, Ricky Rickman, and a host of about 40 church members from Rev. Carter’s congregration. A quiet, pretty young woman, Mrs. Carter was born and reared in Brady where she attended school and was active in school and church events. A cum laude graduate of Brady High School, she was also on the dean’s list at Angelo State University. She was an honor graduate of the Apostolic Bible Institute in St. Paul, Minn. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday (today) in the First Baptist Church of Brady. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home of Brady. Born Aug. 24, 1960, in Brady, she was the daughter of Richard Rickman Sr. and Allie Mary Howard Rickman. She married Gary Carter on June 19, 1982 in Brady. She was a member of the United Pentecostal Church in Gainesville where she was the church secretary and treasurer. Her husband is the pastor of the church. Survivors include her husband, Gary, of Gainesville; a daughter, Alyssa Carter of the home; her mother, Allie Rickman and her husband, Bob, of Brady; her father, Richard Rickman and his wife, Pat, of Gainesville; two brothers, Ricky Rickman of San Marcos, and Ty Rickman of Gainesville; her grandmother, Ruth Rickman of Brady; two special nephews, Tracy and Drew Rickman; and several aunts, uncles, and other nieces and nephews.

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