DPS Seeks Third Driver Involved In Deadly Crash On Area Highway

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email

LAMPASAS COUNTY (November 27, 2012)—The Department of Public Safety is looking for a third driver whose attempt to pass a line of vehicles on a highway north of Lampasas led to a crash that left a Cedar Park teenager dead and an Oklahoma man injured.

The driver didn’t stop after the crash Sunday night on U.S. Highway 81.

Stephen Schutze, 18, died when the Ford Mustang he was driving crossed the center stripe on the highway and collided head-on with a pickup truck that was going the opposite direction.

The driver of the pickup, Bradley Drinnon, 23, of Oklahoma, was flown by Stat Air ambulance to Scott & White Hospital, in Temple.

Freeman said at around 7:55 p.m. Sunday, Schutze was northbound on U.S. 281 about 10 miles north of Lampasas when he saw a white pickup truck pull into his lane while the driver tried to pass several southbound vehicles.

Witnesses told Freeman Schutze attempted to evade the oncoming pickup, but drifted off the roadway onto an improved shoulder and lost control of his car.

The car began to skid and crossed the centerline of the highway where it collided with the southbound Dodge pickup driven by Drinnon, which was at the head of the line of vehicles that the driver of the white pickup was trying to pass.

Lampasas County Justice of the Peace Andy Garcia pronounced Schutze dead at the scene.

Authorities are seeking the driver of the white pickup, who could face charges in the crash.

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