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Dewees crash forces family from home
The front end of a 1999 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup truck protrudes from the rear wall of a home as the trailer it was towing remains imbedded in the house (below) near the intersection of F.M. 541 and F.M. 1344 in Dewees Dec. 10 following a three-vehicle accident.
Wilson County NewsDecember 19, 2012 2,085 views 1 comment
DEWEES -- A home here has been rendered structurally unstable, forcing its occupants to seek shelter elsewhere, following a three-vehicle crash Dec. 10 at the intersection of F.M. 541 and F.M. 1344.
Cpl. Javier Reyes of the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol said that at approximately 1:25 p.m., a 1999 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup truck driven by 20-year-old Daniel R. Torres of Gonzales was traveling westbound on F.M. 541. The truck was towing a trailer owned by the Gonzales Livestock Market, which contained eight calves and three round bales of hay.
As Torres approached the intersection at F.M. 1344, a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck being driven by 53-year-old Albert L. Miller Jr. of Eunice, La., allegedly turned left from F.M. 1344 onto F.M. 541, crossing in front of the Dodge. Reyes said Torres attempted to take evasive action, but struck the left rear of the Chevrolet, sending that pickup truck into a spin before it struck a 2008 Chrysler Sebring parked in front of nearby Schneider’s Store. The Chrysler is owned by Cynthia Moeller of Floresville.
The impact caused Torres to lose control of the Dodge, which careened into a house next to the store. Reyes said the truck and trailer went through the house, causing considerable structural damage.
Neither the occupants of the house, nor Torres and his passenger -- 17-year-old Otto Ivey -- were hurt. Miller was transported to the Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville.
Moeller, who is the manager at Schneider’s, was not in her vehicle at the time and thus was not injured. She is the daughter of Alene Pawelek -- the owner of both the store and the house. Moeller said the home was being rented by an oil company that used it to house workers. The family staying in the house at the time of the incident included a pregnant woman and her husband, their daughter, and the woman’s cousin and husband. Moeller said the husband’s employer has moved the family into a trailer until another rental home becomes available. No further information was available about the family.
Reyes said Miller was issued a citation for failure to yield right of way at a stop sign.
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