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Four suffer injuries in two area wrecks
Firefighters and emergency medical technicians from Stockdale and La Vernia work to extricate 11-year-old Logan West from the passenger side of a Dodge Ram pickup truck July 11, following a crash at the intersection of U.S. 87 and S.H. 97, as an AirLife helicopter lands prior to transporting him and his mother to University Hospital in San Antonio.
Four area residents continue their recovery from injuries suffered in two separate major traffic accidents July 11.
The first wreck occurred north of Stockdale at the intersection of S.H. 97 and U.S. 87 at approximately 9 a.m. According to Cpl. Javier Reyes of the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol, 39-year-old Bobbie Jo West and her 11-year-old son, Logan, both of Stockdale, suffered injuries. This was after West, while attempting to cross the southbound lanes of U.S. 87, drove into the path of a Toyota Tundra -- driven by 20-year-old Skylar Knibbe of Selma -- which struck the Dodge broadside.
Knibbe suffered only minor injuries, due to airbag deployment, Reyes said. Logan West suffered multiple injuries and had to be extricated from the Dodge by volunteer firefighters from Stockdale and La Vernia. He and his mother were flown via AirLife helicopter to University Hospital in San Antonio, where hospital spokesman Sylvia Garcia said they were treated and released later that day.
Reyes said West reported not seeing Knibbe’s vehicle before proceeding. She was charged with failure to yield right of way.
Just after 1 p.m. the same day, a multi-vehicle crash at the intersection of U.S. 181 and C.R. 130 near the Walmart Supercenter in Floresville sent two via ambulance to the Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville.
According to Patrolman James “Billy” Mitchell of the Floresville Police Department, Joel Tolle, 45, of Floresville was traveling southbound on U.S. 181 in a tractor-trailer owned by R Construction Oilfield Services, when he came upon traffic stopped at the intersection. Mitchell said the tractor-trailer struck the rear of a Ford F-250 pickup truck being driven by 71-year-old Wilburn Eddie Eckhardt of Fredericksburg, which spun through the intersection and into the grass median.
The careening F-250 struck a Ford F-150 pickup truck being driven by 71-year-old Donald Deaton of Floresville. A Ford Mustang -- driven by 38-year-old Miguel Salazar of San Antonio -- suffered front-end damage, which Mitchell said likely was from striking debris from the other vehicles.
The Wilson County Emergency Medical Services transported Eckhardt to Connally, along with Deaton’s 68-year-old wife, Holly. Both were treated and released later that day, according to Connally’s Director of Emergency Services Mandy Sralla.
Tolle was charged with failure to stop, Mitchell said.
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