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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 19, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS 20332 MO 09 SOWEST MICROPUBLISHI E YflNDELL 73 i i i 1 i p ii 2B27 E DR A r m EL POSO TX 79903 riERALDAEIl U1M Vol 148 No 85 22 pages in a sections March FRIDAY Serving Coma County since 1852 SO Trevino remembered as loving daughter mother BY BILL OCONNELL Staff Writer Yolanda Trevino could be found regularly on Saturday evenings at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church The 60yearold New Braunfels resident attended the Mass at the Catholic church at 138 W Austin Street Between her fulltime job at the Comal Coun ty tax collectors office and caring for her elderly mother Trevino perhaps found moments of solace during those services TREVINO The Rev Richard Oberstar will see Trevino one last time on Saturday when he officiates her funeral Mass Trevino was struck by a pickup truck and killed Wednesday afternoon while walking across a busy city intersection Coworkers and other county employees watched her die in front of the building in which she had worked for more than 10 years Trevino was one of four children raised by Roberto and Angelita Davi la of New Braunfels Her father was a truck driver and her mother stayed at home to care for the children Trevinos family gathered Thursday evening at her home in preparation for the funeral Her younger brother Rolando Davila said he remembered a quiet Obituary services Page 3B person with a genuine interest in helping people The world was a better place with her in he said Church was one of Trevinos great est passions her family said She read religious books with inspira tional messages and filled her house with angel figurines and collectibles some of which she crafted herself She was very devoted to said 25yearold Luis Trevino the son and only child Yolanda raised as a single parent Yolanda Trevinos family said they had been too involved with dealing Photo submitted Yolanda Trevino raised her 25yearold son Luis as a single parent She was very devoted to Luis Trevino said A Texas department of Transportation employee who asked not to be identified checks the computers and other mechanisms inside a signal box at Mill Street and Seguin Avenue on Thursday TxDOT officials were there to make sure the lights and crossing sig nals were working properly at the time of Wednesdays fatal accident ROBIN CORNETTY HeraldZeitung TxDOT employees begin investigation of accident Trevinos coworkers return to business BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer The Comal County tax office opened for business as usual at 8 Thursday but the memory of coworker Yolanda Trevino prevented employees from going about their tasks with their usual good cheer Were down but we came to work because we have a said tax asses sorcollector Gloria Clennan Trevinos boss for the past 11 years A hug here and a smile there keep us Trevino 60 was killed about 2 Wednesday when she was struck by a pickup truck driven by Rudolpho Orona 33 of Seguin The accident occurred while Trevino was crossing North Seguin Avenue in front of the tax office Justice of the Peace Diana Campos ruled Trevino dead on the scene Lt John Wommack of the New Braun fels Police said Thursday that Orona would be cited for failure to yield rightof way to a pedestrian a Class C misde meanor punishable by a fine not to exceed Wommack said he never seriously con sidered filing the felony charge of invol untary manslaughter To charge involuntary manslaugh we would have to prove reckless ness speed Wommack said There was just none of that Wommack said Oronas appearance date in municipal court would be April 1 Greg Malatek area engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation said he had not seen the accident report but the information was consistent with how the stop light and signals should operate If a driver on Mill Street has a green light a pedestrian probably has a walk signal as Malatek said He said his knowledge of the traffic laws indicated the pedestrian would have the rightofway in that situation Technicians from the TxDOT district office in San Antonio checked the signals on Thursday The crossing time allowed was consistent with state standards Malatek said State regulations indicate that pedes trians can negotiate a crosswalk at a rate of four feet per second TxDOT employ ees measured the crosswalk at 62 feet At the rate of four flet per second a pedestrian should be able to negotiate the crosswalk in seconds Malatek said When the crosswalk button was pushed pedestrians had 22 seconds to cross the street Time was not a factor in this acci Malatek said The flood of 1998 was just another chapter in our citys constant battle with its rivers See how the Comal and Quadalupe have served as both friend and foe to New Braunfels this century Inside Talking driving a bad mix Study Using phones while driving increases risk for traffic accident BY ERIN MAGRUDER HeraldZeitung Correspondent By the year million Americans will have cellular phones in their vehicles New Braunfels Police Traffic Lt John tion to the road than one man did three years ago when he ran into a moving train He was talking on his cell phone and he just never saw the Wommack said He hit like the ninth car not even the first and then bounced off the train He was very lucky he wasnt A recent University of Toronto study published in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that talking on the phone while driving increases the risk of collision fourfold And with more Americans going cellu lar by the minute that number is sure to increase Talking on the phone and driving is becoming more Wommack said We need more public awareness about the risks of doing it Just the other day I gave a man who was talking on his cell phone a ticket for running right through a stop The problem of cell phones as a driving hazard drew national attention on March 6 when country singer George Jones 67 hit a bridge abutment south of Nashville with his sport utility vehicle Jones who was seriously injured in the collision was talking on his cell phone when the accident occurred A recent National Highway Traffic Safe ty Administration study found that crashes usually did not occur while a driver is dial ing or answering a cell phone but rather during conversation If someone is driving down the road and having an important business discus sion where do you think their attention is Wommack said State Rep Paul Moreno DE1 Paso saw Mural man Clinton Baermann paints In the remain ing sand and water areas on the down town mural near Castell and Sin anticipation for its dedication sched uled for 7 on Sunday ROBIN HwWZeitung INSIDE Nine CISD patrons running for two board of trustee seats BY HEATHER Tooo Staff Writer Nine patrons will have their names on the May I ballot for two seats on a local school board after the last candidate filed late Wednesday afternoon Susan Casey a New Braunfels resident was the final candidate to throw her hat into the ring for the District 3 seal on the independent School District board of trustees She filed shortly before the deadline of 5 on Wednesday Casey is the only woman competing for the District 3 position Judy A Holbrook a Canyon Lake resident is running for the District 4 seat Casey is running against incumbent Scott Watson New Braunfels resident Pat Broaddus and Canyon Lake resident Nick V
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