Three-car accident near Abilene claims life of Brady woman

(EDITOR’S NOTE: A portion of the following article was written by Brien Murphy and published in the Friday, July 27 edition of the Abilene Reporter-News and is being reprinted with permission.) Melissa Springer, 34, of McCulloch County, died Thursday, July 26, in a three-vehicle collision on U.S. Hwy. 84 in southern Taylor County. Two other individuals were also injured in the accident. Mrs. Springer was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision at 7:30 p.m. Thursday by Judge David Pueschel of Tuscola. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the collision occurred about 5:50 p.m. Thursday when a southbound car crossed into the northbound lanes of U.S. Hwy. 84. According to the DPS report, Mark E. Martinez, 38, of New Braunfels, was driving south on U.S. Hwy. 84 when he reached for something on the floorboard of his car. He lost control of his car and it went into the northbound lanes of the highway. His car hit Springer’s sport utility vehicle head-on, spun around and was hit by a vehicle driven north by Glenna Ann Cordray of Abilene. Martinez was taken to Hendrick Medical Center and was listed in critical condition. He later died as a result of the injuries sustained in the accident. Mrs. Springer’s husband, Brian, 33, a passenger in the vehicle, was taken to Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo. He was admitted to the hospital and underwent surgery for internal injuries. As of Tuesday morning, he was recovering well and expected to be released as early as today. In a press release issued early this week by Brady Elementary School, where Mrs. Springer was employed, Principal Kelley Hirt said the following: “Melissa Springer was a valued employee and friend of Brady Elementary School and will be missed by everyone. She touched many lives. “The school is providing printed material to help students/families cope with this loss. Parents may stop by the school to pick up information from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday of this week or by appointment.” Mrs. Hirt also added that the campus counselor will be available Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or by appointment for any students needing her services. For additional information or if special arrangements need to be made, please call the school at 597-2590 or Ms. Gray at 597-9098 or Mrs. Hirt at 792-0695. Services for Mrs. Springer will be held Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Brady. Rev. Blake O’Dell will officiate the service, and burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery. She is survived by her husband, Brian Springer, of Brady; two daughters, Khaitlyn Samantha Springer and Hannah Mikayla Springer, both of Brady; her parents, Darwin and Kathy Brown of Cheyenne, Wyo.; a brother, Eric Brown and wife, B.J. and their daughter, Abby, all of Cheyenne; her father and mother-in-law, Jim and Kay Springer of Brady; paternal grandparents, Leland and Marguerite Brown of Cheyenne; maternal grandmother, Thelma Falk of Arvada, Colo.; a brother-in-law, Chris Springer and wife, Krissy, of Tennessee; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. The family suggests that memorials be made to a trust established at Commercial National Bank for her two young girls. A full obituary is printed on Page 2 of this edition.

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