|Brien Cleave Bickerton|
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|Birth: ||Jul. 6, 1949|
San Diego County
|Death: ||Jun. 11, 2005|
-Brenda Carol Lowery on 10 Jan 1969 in San Diego County, California. One child. Daughter of Charles Ebon Lowery & Hazel Lena Beckner Lowery.
-Karen Diane Lindsay on 25 Sep 1998 in Burnet County, Texas. Daughter of Eugene Ray Lindsay & Lorna Gayle Berry.
Both Brien and Karen were killed in an autombile accident on the same day.
Crash victims were headed toward a 'new life'
Wreck after pickup had blowout underscores importance of tire safety.
Friday, June 16, 2006
As Karen and Brien Bickerton drove from their former Marble Falls TX home Sunday afternoon, the new beginning they'd planned for in Harlingen TX seemed just a stretch of U.S. 281 away.
She had a new job as business manager of the Rio Grande Business Journal after working in Marble Falls TX for 10 years at Victory Publishing Co. Ltd., where she had been an advertising director. He was a former professional baseball pitcher, the first round draft pick for the Kansas City Athletics in 1967, and built custom cabinets for a living. They'd been married since 1996.
As the Bickertons drove south on U.S. 281 in their Ford Explorer, a Ford pickup's front left tire blew out in the northbound lane. The truck swerved into the southbound lane near Johnson City and hit the Explorer head-on, killing the Bickertons instantly, Department of Public Safety officials said. Karen Bickerton was 53. Brien Bickerton was 56.
Three others were injured: the pickup driver, Steve Huston, his wife, Jeannie, and a 7-year-old boy. The boy suffered minor injuries, officials said.
Huston was listed in critical condition at Brackenridge Hospital on Thursday. His wife was listed in fair condition.
"This accident really caught everybody off-guard," said Kathy Kasperick, publisher of the Picayune Area-Wide Phone Book and Karen Bickerton's former boss. "Nobody loved the Hill Country more than she did, and she was very special to us. This is just really sad."
A memorial service for Karen Bickerton was Thursday. Services for Brien Bickerton are pending.
Kasperick said the Bickertons had just returned to Marble Falls to wrap up some unfinished business over the weekend.
"It's just kind of amazing that you can be going down the highway headed toward a new life and, like that, be gone," Kasperick said.
Tire blowouts are more common during the summer, experts say, because "anytime tires get really hot, that hastens problems with them," said Tela Mange, a DPS spokeswoman.
Car maintenance experts say people might not realize that tires wear down more easily in hot weather and that under-inflated tires cause heat buildup that can lead to blowouts.
"Very few people keep tire gauges because there used to be full-service gas stations where you could get your pressure checked every time you bought gas," said Darrell James, manager of Advanced Automotive and Tire in Northeast Austin.
Nowadays, most people have their tire pressure checked only when they get an oil change, he added. During the summer months, he said, car owners should be more aware of their tire pressure to guard against a preventable crash.
It can happen to you
If you have a tire blowout, try to keep the vehicle balanced and in control. Do not slam on the brakes or abruptly remove your foot from the accelerator, which can result in a loss of control. Instead, gradually release the accelerator.
Tire safety tips
Make sure there's nothing sticking out of your tires and watch for such things as little flaps or bubbles on the tire.
The amount of air that should be in your tires is usually on a sticker on the driver's side doorjamb, and in your car's manual.
Check your tire pressure at least once a month in the summer.
Sources: Department of Public Safety, Advanced Automotive and Tire
Brenda Carol Lowery Bickerton (1951 - 1996)
Karen Diane Lindsay Bickerton (1952 - 2006)*
Created by: Jean Clayton Charles
Record added: Jan 28, 2012
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