Three Killed in Two Robertson County Wrecks Minutes Apart

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

It was a deadly afternoon in Robertson County as multiple lives were lost in a pair of fatal accidents.

The first was on Highway 79 at about 3:15 p.m. near Elliot. The Department of Public Safety says two vehicles collided after a westbound car drifted into oncoming traffic, striking a Ford pick-up almost head on.

A husband and a wife were in each of the vehicles, with the wives each behind the wheel. Those women -- Carolyn Griffin, 73, of Helotes, and Elsie Livingston, 68, of Jewett -- were killed.

The two husbands who were passengers in the Highway 79 wreck. T.O. Griffin and Robert Livingston were taken to St. Joseph in Bryan and Scott and White in Temple respectively. Their conditions were not available Thursday night.

Highway 79 reopened at about 5 p.m. following the first accident. Minutes after the wreck itself, disaster struck again.

"We got a call about a two-vehicle accident crash on US 190. When we got there the investigation showed that one vehicle was turning off of FM 2549 and was going to turn left onto 190 south of Bryan," DPS Trooper Scott Swick said. "The other vehicle was headed north on 190."

The driver of the car turning onto 6, 86-year-old Gherardo Gherardi of Massachusetts, was pronounced dead at the scene. DPS says he was in Texas visiting relatives.

"From the witness statements we're going off of and based on our own investigation here at the scene, it shows for whatever reason the vehicle pulled out in front of the other," Swick said.

A blue SUV headed north on 6 was the other vehicle in that wreck. Cynthia King and her son, Montana King-Brozig, were taken to St. Joseph in Bryan for their injuries. King-Brozig was treated and released. King suffered a serious wrist injury, but nothing life-threatening.

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