Strait's Daughter, 13, Is Killed In A Car Crash

Posted: June 27, 1986

The 13-year-old daughter of country singer George Strait was killed in a car accident late Wednesday, and the driver was charged yesterday with criminally negligent homicide. A Texas public-safety spokesman said Jennifer Strait was riding with two teenage male friends in a car driven by William Allen McDonald, 16, on a rural road outside San Marcos when the car failed to negotiate a curve, skidded sideways, rolled over and landed on its top in a ditch.

The spokesman said that "excessive speed" contributed to the accident. None of the young people was wearing a seatbelt, he said, and Jennifer was found dead partially outside the car. The other two passengers were treated at a nearby hospital for minor injuries and released. McDonald, who was not hurt, was freed on a $2,000 bond after passing a voluntary breath test, according to the state spokesman. George Strait, 34, a longtime resident of San Marcos, was named the Country Music Association's male vocalist of 1985 for his album Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind?

AN AMPLIFICATION

A spokeswoman for Electric Factory Concerts said yesterday that everyone holding tickets for the canceled July 29 Spectrum concert by Julio Iglesias should return them to the place of purchase for refunds. The tickets will not be honored at a concert to be rescheduled sometime in the fall, as a different Electric Factory spokeswoman had said Wednesday.

ROYALLY SERENE

Northern Ireland's troubles haven't troubled Princess-to-be Sarah Ferguson. ''It's so lovely to be away from telephones and decisions," she said yesterday while touring a 250-year-old Londonderry linen factory. "I'm really loving it here." She did admit to one complaint, though. "I'm finding the thick Irish brogue a little difficult to understand," said Ferguson on the second day of a two-day visit with her intended, Prince Andrew.

Meanwhile, back across the Irish Sea, the Rev. Edward Knapp-Fisher, subdean of Westminster Abbey, disclosed Wednesday that the couple had chosen a wedding service in which Ferguson would pledge to "obey" Andrew. Princess Diana eschewed that promise during her 1981 wedding to Prince Charles. Mr. Knapp- Fisher doesn't think too much should be made of the choice, though. Said he: "All my friends who have said they'll obey had no intention of doing anything of the sort. Though I'm sure that won't be so in this case."

And for those in doubt about what to wear to the July 23 do, there's help. Gieves & Hawkes, the London tailor that has dressed British royalty for 200 years, has set up a dress and protocol hotline for weddinggoers. A couple of tips: Men, leave your swords home. Women, hats are a must but make them narrow-brimmed, so as not to obstruct views.

NO EXPOSURE

Brooke Shields will pose for Playboy! But not to worry - she'll keep her clothes on. Shields and her mother, Teri, were in Chicago this week shooting the pictures. One will be used for the magazine's ongoing "what-sort-of- woman-reads-Playboy?" advertisements and another for a chaste December cover.

A-CHANGIN'

Bob Dylan, who long ago abandoned his political activism of the 1960s, appears to be returning to familiar ground. In a Rolling Stone interview released yesterday, the old rocker lambasted his colleagues' neo-Americanism. ''I'm not particularly into this 'American' thing," he told the magazine, ''this Bruce Springsteen-John Cougar Mellencamp 'America first' thing. I feel just as strongly about the American principles as those guys do but I personally feel that what's important is more eternal things. . . .

"If the government wants your children to go down and raid Central American countries, there would be no moral value in that. I also don't think we should have bombed those people in Libya." And he criticized America's land use: "We devastated the natural resources of this country, for no particular reason except to make money and buy houses and send our kids to

college."

DOING BETTER

Filmmaker Vincente Minnelli, 83, hospitalized two weeks ago with chronic respiratory problems, has been moved from intensive care and is "still serious but showing steady improvement," a spokesman for Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center said yesterday. Liza Minnelli canceled an Indianapolis concert series to be with her father. "Throughout, she's shown just incredible concern - a lot of love and tenderness to him," said the spokesman.

A MOVEABLE FETE

For the second time in less than a week, trouble getting liability insurance has forced Willie Nelson to move the site of the Farm Aid II concert July 4, he said yesterday. The new site is Manor Downs horse-racing track, about 10 miles east of Austin, Texas, with a capacity of 40,000 people. ''We're still going to have Farm Aid II," said Nelson, adding that insurance had been obtained for the new site. "It's too important an issue to stop now." It was also announced that the Beach Boys and Judy Collins had been added to the 70-plus act gig and that the Grateful Dead would appear via satellite from Buffalo, N.Y.

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