Local teacher killed in crash was trying to pass in no-passing zone

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A Killeen middle school teacher who died of injuries from a head-on crash was trying to pass another vehicle in a no-passing zone at the time of the accident, authorities said Wednesday.

Vanessa Harrison, 24, a first-year 7th grade teacher at Smith Middle School, died Monday of injuries she suffered in the accident on Saturday.

Harrison was driving south just after 9:15 p.m. Saturday on State Highway 36 about two miles southeast of Milano when she attempted to pass another southbound vehicle in the no-passing zone, Department of Public Safety Sgt. David Roberts said Wednesday.

Her 2018 Chevrolet passenger car collided head-on with a northbound Ford pickup driven by Alfred Montalvo, 64, of San Benito, Roberts said.

Harrison was taken by ambulance to CHI St Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan where she died Monday morning.

“We are deeply saddened by her death and our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this very difficult time,” KISD spokesman Terry Abbott said.

Montalvo, who suffered what Roberts said were non-incapacitating injuries, was taken to Scott & White Medical Center in Temple.