A roadway that was wet with rain may have contributed to a one-vehicle accident that took the life of 19-year-old Somervell County resident Karla Delaine Lowry and hospitalized Morgan Taylor, according to the Highway Patrol.
Lowry was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by Somervell County Justice of the Peace Scott May late Saturday afternoon, DPS Sergeant Dub Gillum stated in an email.
Taylor, 21, was flown by air ambulance to Harris Methodist Hospital, where she was admitted in critical/stable condition. Taylor, a former Glen Rose ISD student, checked herself out of the hospital a couple of days later and is recovering at home.
Taylor was driving a 2002 Ford Focus Taylor northbound on State Highway 144 South, 1.3 miles south of Glen Rose just before 5 p.m. Saturday. The car failed to make a curve, slid off the roadway and struck a tree on the passenger side.
One person who posted a message on the Wylie Funeral Home website in memory of Lowry wrote, “Karla touched more lives in her short life (than) most people touch in their long lives,” and added, “I just wish I had half the amount of friends that she has.”
Both Lowry and Taylor worked at Dairy Queen in Glen Rose. They were roommates living in a Somervell County residence just south of Glen Rose. Taylor was driving Lowry to work when the accident occurred.
Dairy Queen co-manager Deborah Carnes said Taylor had worked there for a little over a year. Lowry had only worked there for three or four months, and had been living in Granbury until very recently.
Taylor had attended both Brazos River Charter School as well as Glen Rose High School at various times.
Bengie Laning, principal at Brazos River Charter School, confirmed that Taylor had enrolled there for two separate stints during her high school years.
Laning said Taylor “was always a very sweet, kind-hearted person, always willing to help.”
Lowry was a 2016 graduate of Granbury High School.
“She was a really good worker, probably our best worker as a young person,” Carnes said of Lowry.
Carnes has been a manager at the Dairy Queen for more than 20 years and said that this was not the first time a fellow employee had died in a traffic accident.
She said that Jamie Baker of Glen Rose lost her life in a collision with a drunk driver about 20 years ago during her senior year at Glen Rose High School.
Liz Huffman, another Dairy Queen employee, said that the loss hit hard because the workers there seem like family to her.
“These kids are kind of like our kids because we see them every day,” Huffman said.
Huffman said Lowry, “always had a smile. She was very friendly, very sweet. She was always happy and friendly.”