Jon Wilcox | Senior News Reporter

Unmanned aircraft participates in flood rescue, recovery


A Wimberley pilot is working with local fire departments to supply an unmanned aircraft and training for use in emergency situations.

Gene Robinson has for more than a decade perfected the designs of unmanned aircraft at his Wimberley-based company, RPFlight Systems. Robinson has recently entered into negotiations with an Austin Fire Department (AFD) emergency robotics team.

Robinson pilots an unmanned aircraft for the Wimberley Fire Department and participated in rescue and recovery efforts following the historic Memorial Day weekend floods, he said. Robinson made more than 10 flights with his latest unmanned aircraft design, the Spectra flying wing, to search over seven miles of the Blanco River and Wimberley Valley.

Motorcyclist injured in collision


A motorcyclist was seriously injured around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday after colliding with a car at the intersection of North LBJ and Sessom Drive.

The driver of a gold Honda sedan turned into a motorcyclist’s right of way, causing a collision and throwing the rider to the ground.

The San Marcos Police Department received a call at 4:45 p.m. about the accident, said Kristi Wyatt, director of communications and intergovernmental relations for the City of San Marcos.

The condition of the injured motorcyclist is unknown at this time. Bystanders helped stabilize the victim before first responders arrived.

Shane Zubek, music studies senior, said he was waiting at the intersection’s crosswalk when the accident happened.

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