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Retired lawman dies in wreck outside Floresville

Retired lawman dies in wreck outside Floresville
WILLIAM J. GIBBS JR./Reprints at Members of the Wilson County Emergency Medical Services tend to victims of a multi-vehicle crash on S.H. 97 March 26 in which one driver was killed.

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Wilson County News
March 26, 2014, 9:51am

Officials have released the identity of a man killed March 26 in a multi-vehicle crash on S.H. 97 outside Floresville.

Trooper Anthony Flores, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol, identified the victim as 68-year-old Roger Miller of La Vernia. Flores said that Miller is a retired San Antonio Police Department officer. Chief Bruce Ritchey confirmed that Miller also previously worked as a sergeant with that agency. He also had served as a La Vernia city councilman.

According to troopers at the scene of the crash, the preliminary investigation reveals that at approximately 8:45 a.m., the driver of a Chevrolet pickup truck attempted to avoid striking a stray dog that was in the roadway when his vehicle was struck in the rear by a tractor-trailer. The impact sent the pickup truck into the path of Miller’s Honda Ridgeline pickup truck, with which the Chevrolet collided almost head-on. The Ridgeline was grazed by a fourth vehicle as it came to rest on the grass shoulder.

The identities of the other drivers have not been officially released, but the driver of the Chevrolet pickup truck was flown from the scene via Methodist AirCare.

Eastbound traffic on S.H. 97 was being diverted onto F.M. 539 while westbound traffic was being detoured onto C.R. 305, while troopers continued their investigation. The roadway was expected to be closed at least until 1 p.m.

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March 28, 2014 11:33am
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Noooo Wayyyyy  
Kirby, TX  
March 28, 2014 11:00am
Rabble Rouser Extraordinaire don't bother trying to fight this one your going by one story well two to be exact saying that he braked for the dog. For one thing the report is a prelim not final and all you know is what the ... More ›

Sam Eagle  
Muppet Land  
March 28, 2014 10:05am
RRE, I don't care if you're in the country or the city. If you can't contain it, don't keep it! That goes for dogs, cats, cows, horses, or any other four-legged mammal. People in South Texas have this lacadasical "I'm ... More ›

Rabble Rouser Extraordinaire  
Adkins, TX  
March 28, 2014 9:08am sound like a Troll Noo Waay...driver of the P/U braked for a dog which initiated the accident. End of story. At the end of the day, if parents teach their children about animals in the country, perhaps a life ... More ›

Tuned in  
March 27, 2014 9:41pm
On a daily basis I travel 97 East and make a left onto Bluebonnet Lane (still in city limits). I normally have to wait for traffic to clear before making the turn, and it is a regular occurrence that a tractor trailer is behind ... More ›

Nannette Kilbey-Smith, Editor  
March 27, 2014 4:45pm
Visitation & viewing for Mr. Miller will be Sunday, March 30, from 5-8 pm at Finch Funeral Chapel in La Vernia. Graveside services will be Monday at 9:30 am in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio.

Wilson County  
March 27, 2014 3:46pm
Sounds like another in-experienced or careless CDL on the road. And obviously following way too close behind another vehicle. "An operator shall, if following another vehicle, maintain an assured clear distance between ... More ›

Rabble Rouser Extraordinaire  
Adkins, TX  
March 27, 2014 2:59pm
Lesson to be learned here: Never swerve/brake for a rabbit, chicken, dog, coyote, squirrel, cat, etc. Now a large hog, cow, horse....that's a different story! The driver of the P/U made a huge error in not recognizing ... More ›

William J. Gibbs Jr.  
March 26, 2014 3:32pm
Mr. Miller also was a member of the Floresville Electric Light & Power System (FELPS) board of trustees, and had just left from a board meeting that ended minutes before the crash occurred. FELPS General Manager Kyle Dicke ... More ›

March 26, 2014 12:23pm
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