Toddler dies in crash on rain-slicked roadway in Round Mountain



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From staff reports

A 17-month-old child from Meadowlakes and a Dripping Springs man died Sept. 1 in a two-vehicle collision on US 281, according to the Department of Public Safety report.

The crash happened at 5:20 p.m. that evening within the city limits of Round Mountain.

The report stated that a 2017 Honda CRV (unit 1) – driven by Stephen Neill, 76, of Dripping Springs – was southbound in the left lane.

A 2012 Ford Explorer (unit 2) – driven by Kirk Stickley, 41, of Meadowlakes – was traveling north on the highway.

“Unit 1 (the Honda) hydroplaned and crossed into the northbound lanes,” according to the report. The two vehicles collided, the report stated.

Neill was pronounced dead by Blanco County Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace H.R. Bob Riley.

The toddler – Emily Stickley – who was an occupant of the Ford SUV, was pronounced dead by medical director Dr. Craig Manifold.

Stickley and the other passenger in the Ford Explorer – Mary Powers, 36, of Meadowlakes – were treated and released at the scene.

All of the occupants were wearing seat belts, including the toddler who was in a car seat, the report stated.

The reported stated that rain was a contributing factor of the crash.

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