Officials identify woman from Lewisville Lake bridge accident

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The woman who spun off the Lewisville Lake bridge early Saturday morning has been identified as 21-year-old Kayla Alejandra Gawalek, officials said.

An online search shows she was an honors student studying nursing at North Central Texas College at least as of the past Spring.

Around 3:50 a.m. Saturday, Gawalek was traveling north on Interstate 35E in a gray 2007 Nissan Frontier pickup when she lost control.

Denton County Sheriff William Travis, who's office is investigating the accident, said preliminary reports lead them to suspect the ice-covered highway was the cause of the pickup losing control.

According to witnesses at the scene, the pickup truck went out of control on the bridge, and over the east guardrail into the icy waters of the lake

Several areas on the bridge had at least two and a half inches of ice, making for treacherous travel conditions that morning, officials said.

The Lewisville Fire Department dive team was able to pull up the truck with the woman still in the driver's side around 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

Officials said she had no form of identification on her at the time she was pulled from the lake.

Troy Taylor, chief death investigator for Denton County, said the cause of death will be ruled Tuesday after her autopsy is complete.

Icy roads have resulted in the office being backed up with cases, he said.

The exact cause of the accident remains under investigation, Travis said.

MEGAN GRAY can be reached at 940-566-6885 and via Twitter at @MGrayNews.

 


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