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Area lawmen probe wrecks
Law-enforcement agencies throughout the region continue to be faced with an increase in motor-vehicle crashes.
The La Vernia Police Department is probing two minor crashes that occurred within a few days of each other. According to La Vernia police Sgt. Danny Pitts, 84-year-old Edward Stafford of La Vernia allegedly exited onto U.S. 87 from San Antonio Street in La Vernia, into the path of 2007 Kenworth semi tractor that was towing a trailer. The truck, owned by Texas Hill Country Landscaping of Selma, was driven by 42-year-old John Blair of San Antonio. Neither driver sought medical treatment, Pitts said.
On Sept. 10 in front of La Vernia High School on Bluebonnet Street, 18-year-old Jose Torres of Adkins was driving a Dodge pickup truck eastbound, when his vehicle struck another Dodge pickup truck driven by an unidentified 17-year-old driver. Neither driver was injured, Pitts said, but Torres was issued a citation for following too closely.
Troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Highway Patrol also are investigating three separate wrecks that occurred Sept. 14. The first, which happened just before 4 p.m., occurred at the intersection of U.S. 181 and F.M. 775 north of Floresville. According to the crash’s investigating officer, Cpl. Javier Reyes, a 16-year-old female from Floresville was making a left turn onto F.M. 775 from northbound U.S. 181 in a 2011 Dodge Ram pickup truck. Her vehicle was struck by a 2000 Ford Explorer, which was driven by 56-year-old Luis Arocha Jr. of Floresville. He was traveling southbound on U.S. 181.
Arocha’s vehicle then struck a 2004 Ford pickup truck driven by 53-year-old Jose Banda of Floresville, which was stopped at the traffic light on F.M. 775, Reyes said.
Arocha’s passengers -- 46-year-old Juanita Arocha and a 12-year-old girl -- received injuries. Reyes said both were transported via ambulance to the Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville.
Then at 5:43 p.m. Sept. 14, a 16-year-old male from La Vernia was involved in a single-vehicle rollover wreck on C.R. 332 east of Sutherland Springs. Reyes said the teen reported that a deer ran out in front of his 1995 Chevrolet Tahoe when he was driving northbound on C.R. 332, which caused him to drive up an embankment before the vehicle overturned. He was not injured.
At 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14, DPS Trooper Harold Estep responded to a single-vehicle rollover on S.H. 97 that involved 64-year-old Juanita Hernandez of Floresville. According to Estep’s report, Hernandez was traveling eastbound on S.H. 97 when she veered off the right side of the roadway. She then steered the wheel hard to the left, which caused her 2005 GMC Envoy to overturn.
Hernandez, who reported that she had consumed alcohol and was upset over an earlier argument, was charged with driving while intoxicated.
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