Lisa Ann Vara, a 31-year-old Glen Rose resident, died on Monday, May 18 after she and her mother were struck by a vehicle while they were trying to cross U.S. Highway 67 on foot.
Vara and her mother, 56-year-old Glen Rose resident Lola Dale Ray, were both flown to a Fort Worth hospital by medical helicopter for treatment of their injuries.
Vara was pronounced dead at 1:21 p.m. that same day, at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, according to DPS Information Officer Ricky Hunter.
Ray remains in critical condition, according Iredell resident Rebecca Vara, who is her ex-sister-in-law. Rebecca Vara said that Ray had undergone at least two surgeries so far. She said that Ray had suffered a severe injury to her left arm, along with internal injuries.
"We don’t know what happened," Rebecca Vara told the Glen Rose Reporter Thursday morning. "It was just an accident. It was horrible. It still doesn’t seem real. I keep thinking this is a bad dream. She was so young."
Lisa Vara was born in Clifton on Sept. 29, 1988, and was raised in Walnut Springs. She graduated from Walnut Springs High School, before eventually moving to Glen Rose.
The information provided by Hunter from the DPS report states that at 12:03 p.m., troopers investigated a crash involving a 2014 Dodge Ram pickup and two pedestrians.
"Preliminary investigation indicates the Dodge was traveling east on U.S. 67," Hunter stated. "Two pedestrians, who were walking north from a nearby business, attempted to cross U.S. 67 but were struck by the Dodge. The driver of the Dodge, Alison Leigh Baker, 40, of Walnut Springs, was not injured."
Hunter stated that "no charges have been filed at this time."
As of press time, Rebecca Vara indicated that funeral arrangements had not been completed.
Lisa Vara and her mother reportedly were walking back from the Valero Pronto Market in the 200 block of Northwest Big Bend Trail to where they were staying, at Glen Rose Inn & Suites, on the opposite side of the highway. The incident occurred in the eastbound lane of Highway 67, between Hereford Street and Spanish Oak Trail.
Lisa Vara was not married and had no children, according to Rebecca Vara. Lisa’s father, Joe Vara Sr., resides in Glen Rose. Her sister, Veronica Vara, lives in Stephenville. They have two brothers — Joe John Vara of Iredell and James, who is a Texas resident. Lisa has one nephew, Alejandro Vara.
Rebecca Vara said that she spoke to Veronica Vara Wednesday night, and learned that Ray remained in critical condition at the hospital, on a ventilator.
"They did surgery to try to save her left arm," Rebecca said, adding that on Wednesday Ray’s eyes were open for the first time since being hospitalized. "She hasn’t said what happened. She hasn’t talked at all. We won’t know if she’ll remember anything at all. We’re just hoping and praying she’ll get back her mental status."
When asked to clarify that, Rebecca said she had heard no indication that Ray had suffered any brain injuries.
"It was mostly internal stuff, and that left arm," she said.