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Section A: General News


Driver loses life in accident on U.S. 181


Driver loses life in accident on U.S. 181
MARVIN BARNES/Contributor A mangled 1994 Nissan pickup truck sits wedged against the front of a tractor-trailer hauling part of a mobile home Feb. 25 following a fatal crash at the intersection of U.S. 181 and F.M. 775 north of Floresville.


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FLORESVILLE -- A weekend wreck at the intersection of U.S. 181 at F.M. 775 has claimed the life of a 66-year-old Floresville man.

Wilson County Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Johnny T. Villarreal pronounced Lazaro Borjon dead at the scene Feb. 25, after Borjon’s 1994 Nissan pickup truck was struck broadside by a tractor-trailer hauling part of a mobile home. The driver of the tractor-trailer, identified as 22-year-old Douglas Cupp, was not injured and is not facing charges as of press time Feb. 27, according to Trooper Al Alejos of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Highway Patrol.

Alejos said the preliminary investigation revealed that at approximately 12:35 p.m., Borjon was traveling toward Eagle Creek on F.M. 775 when he allegedly failed to stop at the red traffic light at the intersection of U.S. 181. Cupp, who was traveling southbound, attempted to take evasive action, but was unable to avoid striking the pickup truck. The crash, which also is being probed by DPS Cpl. Javier Reyes, remains under investigation.

Deputies from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office controlled traffic around the scene as members of the Eagle Creek Volunteer Emergency Services worked to free Borjon’s body from the vehicle.

Borjon’s death is the fifth Wilson County traffic fatality since 2012 began. It is the second this month, following the Feb. 2 death of 63-year-old Johnnie Henry of La Vernia. She died less than a day after sustaining injuries in a crash on U.S. 87 in Sutherland Springs.
 

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