by BRAD ROLLINS
Jaimy Breihan, the eccentric local activist who successfully waged war against a major student housing development on Sessom Creek, is near death following an ATV accident Saturday.
The 53-year-old San Marcos native lost control of his Suzuki four-wheeler while driving on Hillcrest Drive near his home after leaving a neighborhood gathering. At the party, he rallied friends for another round of battle against San Antonio developer Darren Casey, who is trying again to secure city permission to build his luxury Sessom Creek residential/retail complex.
Breihan suffered severe head trauma in the accident, friends say, and has been in critical condition at University Medical Center at Brackenridge. He was expected to be taken off life support this morning.
A group of his allies held a solemn tailgate party outside Tuesday night’s planning and zoning commission where Breihan often grilled hotdogs before important development votes. P&Z chair Bill Taylor started the meeting with a moment of silence for Breihan.
“I visited Jaimy Breihan in ICU tonight. The nurses said that he might be able to hear me so I told him that we would continue the fight to save his beloved canyon. I told him I would do my best to continue the actions that are inspired by his steadfast and unwavering determination. I told him it was okay to go and that we would hold down the fort. I told him that I loved him.”
— Larry Mock via protectsmtx.org
“We are grateful for the outpouring of love and concern for our family and especially Jaimy. We are honoring Jaimy’s wishes and he will begin the transition to his new life tomorrow (today). The family asks for your continued love and support and much needed privacy at this time. Information for future arrangements will be announced at a later date.”
— Stacy Breihan via protectsmtx.org
“San Marcos lost a pillar in our community, last night I paid my respects to the family, said goodbye and prayed with Jaimy Breihan, he leaves us soon for the ever after. Please pray and provide comfort to the family of Jamie Breihan, his father Ted and the many friends that will dearly miss him.”
— Jude Prather via Facebook
Jaimy Breihan spent the last day before his accident doing what he loved most, spending time with family and friends under the shade of the trees of the Sessom Creek neighborhood. Always the true Texas character he joked with friends, questioned a women running for school board, took a few cracks at the piñata, and spoke of his plans to do battle with Darren Casey again to save his beloved canyon. As the party was coming to an end he told his parents, Francis and Ted, goodbye and walked some of the women their homes. The tents and tables had been taken down and the last words we heard him say were that he was going to take his four wheeler down to his house to get his truck and load up the tents and tables. I told him see ya on Tuesday, waved and got in my car and left. Moments later the accident took place and I didn’t find out about it until the next morning.
Police say speed might have been a factor, but in addition the wreck occurred right at his driveway and the tracks that are still visible went sharply to the left. We all believe he was avoiding an animal as Jaimy had such a huge love for animals and would not think twice about endangering himself to avoid hurting an one. Alcohol was not a factor, Jaimy was with his parents and their friends that had known him all his life, he was being a true Southern gentlemen doting on them and making sure they had what they needed. It would actually make more sense if alcohol had been involved, because there would be a reason for such a senseless tragedy that we could all understand; none of us can conceive why this had to happen.
Jaimy sustained many injuries, causing those on the scene to believe that the ATV rolled on top of him, but the most serious injury was brain trauma that kept in a coma. Since the first 24 hours were so very critical as to whether he stayed on this earth with us or not, I organized a prayer vigil on Sunday night at the running track that was dedicated to his sister Dawn 2 years ago. I didn’t even start getting the word out until 3:00 that day, and still more than 50 people (some running up after just having found out) showed up at around 7:00 p.m. and sent prayers for a miracle and comforted his family. There were many candles lit and held by friends and family to hold Jaimy’s light. Afterwards a large group of us went down into the canyon where a large crystal cluster, mined by Lisa Prewitt, had been placed when the first round of student housing proposals for the canyon were underway more than a year ago. The crystal was placed in front of Jaimy’s home by the cross that has stood there for so many years, because it was now needed to protect our beloved friend.
Don Eyssen has erected a lighted cross and heart above Jill Keith’s house that is raised so high you can see it all across the canyon. Jaimy has such a big heart and love of the canyon that it is the perfect way to keep his light shining.
Jaimy has take a turn for the worse twice now since he arrived at the hospital. We all fear the worst may come, but his family will make an announcement when and if there is one to be made.
— Melissa Derrick via emailEmail | Print