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Members of the Floresville Volunteer Fire Department assist personnel from the Wilson County Emergency Medical Services Dec. 4 before they transport an injured driver via ambulance to the Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville following a crash on U.S. 181 in Floresville.
FLORESVILLE -- Officials are investigating three recent wrecks along U.S. 181 in the Floresville area, as the region continues to experience a spike in highway crashes.
Three were taken via ambulance to the Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville Dec. 4 following a wreck at approximately 4:30 p.m. near the intersection of U.S. 181 and Robin Rest in Floresville. According to the preliminary investigation by Patrolman John Muñoz of the Floresville Police Department, a Scion TC driven by 17-year-old Dalton Hawk of La Vernia traveling northbound on U.S. 181 allegedly attempted to pass a northbound Mercury Mountaineer driven by 17-year-old Lauren Moon of Pleasanton on the right-hand side.
The Scion apparently clipped the Mercury’s front end, Muñoz said, which caused the sport-utility vehicle to roll over through the median and land in the southbound lanes. Hawk lost control of his vehicle, which also came to rest in the outer shoulder of the southbound lanes in front of Johnny’s Paint and Body.
The Wilson County Emergency Medical Services transported both drivers, along with Moon’s 16-year-old male passenger -- who was from Poth -- to the Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville. A hospital spokesman said both Hawk and the juvenile were treated and released, but that Moon was transferred to another hospital. No further information was available.
Then on Dec. 5 at approximately 12:45 p.m., officials were called to the scene of a three-vehicle crash on U.S. 181 at the intersection of C.R. 330 in Floresville. According to a preliminary investigation by Trooper Corey Holmes of the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol, a Mercury Mariner driven by 76-year-old Edna Brownlow of Floresville was stopped at the intersection behind a tractor-trailer in the northbound lane, driven by 57-year-old Toye Barlow of La Feria.
As the traffic light turned from red to green, a Cadillac Escalade driven by 35-year-old Kristin Lyssy of Karnes City, which witnesses report was traveling at a high rate of speed, struck the rear of the Mercury. Holmes said Brownlow might have seen the oncoming Cadillac and attempted to swerve, as her vehicle sideswiped the right rear of the semi trailer, subsequently coming to rest on the roadside.
Holmes said all parties involved -- including Brownlow’s passenger, 81-year-old Beatrice Ploch -- refused medical transport by the Wilson County Emergency Medical Services. Lyssy was cited for failure to control speed, Holmes said.
Another driver in an unrelated wreck, at the intersection of F.M. 775 and U.S. 181 north of Floresville, also was cited Dec. 6 for failure to control speed. This wreck occurred just after 11 a.m., when according to Holmes’ preliminary investigation, a Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by 22-year-old Terrill Dalton of San Antonio struck the rear of a stopped tanker truck driven by 44-year-old Lyn Haddon of San Antonio. Dalton suffered cuts to his arm but did not require medical treatment.
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