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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 12, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS l Vi HERALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 233 14 pages in 2 sections October 12 1999 np TT Qpv xr Serving Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Highway department announces plans to study traffic control at Below Schoolmates remember Shelby Fernando in their own Page 3A Campus counselors move swiftly to form crisis Page 5A Tragedy sparks memory of another fatal Page 6A mourns Students community come to terms with deaths of teens Parents friends say goodbye BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Some walked alone or in pairs while others walked in large groups hugging and consoling each other as best they could They came from different grade levels and social circles but throughout the day Monday students and staff at New Braun fels High School made the pilgrimage to a small roadside memorial along Loop 337 to share memo ries and say goodbye Shelby Farnsworth a 16year old cadet sergeant in the New Braunfels Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps and Fernando Diaz a 15year old second lieutenant cadet in the MJROTC died Sat Jeanette Gorski Shelby Famsworths mother receives condolences from her daugh ters schoolmates on Monday at the memorial outside New Braunfels High School WAI urday afternoon when their car collided with a999FordF250in front of the school at 2551 Loop 337 Glass and debris still littered the roadway Monday where the fatal accident occurred New Braunfels Police Department officials said Diaz who was driving a 1993 Ford Taurus pulled out from a stop sign at the end of a driveway next to the schools baseball diamond about Saturday Diaz began to turn left onto Loop 337 when he and Farnsworth who was a passenger in the Taurus were hit in the middle of the drivers side by the pickup police said The car Farnsworth and Diaz were riding in was pushed or dragged for about 50 feet before it came to rest in the mid dle of Loop 337 Farnsworth and Diaz were pronounced dead at the scene New Braunfels Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief John Herber said Dennis Wuest a 51year old resident of San Antonio who was driving the pickup and his 50yearold wife Kathleen Wuest did not suffer major injuries and refused treatment at the scene Across the street from the accident scene students See WAI Shelby Famsworths stepfather Alex Gorski left and mother Jeanette front grieve with New Braunfels High School students at a memorial In front of the high school Monday Farnsworth 16 and her 15yearold boyfriend Fernando Diaz were killed In an automobile accident in front of the high school 2551 N Loop 337 A funeral mass for Farnsworth and Diaz is planned for Wednesday at New Braunfels Civic Center FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS Funeral arrangements for Shelby Farnsworth and Fernando Diaz are under the direction of Zoeller Funeral Home 615 Landa St SHELBY RYAN FARNSWORTH Rosary 7 today Zoeller Funeral Home Chapel Visitation Began 2 Monday Interment St Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery FERNANDO OMAR DIAZ Rosary Took place at 7 Monday Zoeller FuneratHorne Chapel Visitation Began 2 Monday Interment Will be in Hermosillo Sonora Mexico FUNERAL MASS A funeral mass for Shelby and Fernando will take place at 2 Wednesday at the Civic Center in New Braunfels 380 S Seguin A reception will take place at the Civic Center until 5 New Braunfels High School will be released at 1 Wednesday to allow stu dents and teachers to attend the service Other schools in the district will not be released TxDOT eyes light study BY PERI Staff Writer Texas Department of Transportation offi cials said Monday they would look into the possibility of installing a traffic light in front of New Braunfels High School But their twoto threemonth signal study does not ensure that a light will go up on the same road where two NBHS high school stu dents were killed Saturday Just ask officials with Smithson Valley High School who have been lobbying for years for TxDOT to put a light at Texas 46 and Smith son Valley Road Currently the only traffic signal in front of SVHS is a yellow blinking light TxDOT agreed to conduct a signal study about three years ago but concluded that the See Father son killed in Texas 46 wreck BY ERIN MAQRUDER Staff Writer A Spring Branch father and son were killed in an automobile accident Monday morning when their car was broadsided by a truck car rying milk according to a Department of Public Safety report Robert Walters 79 and Robert Wal ters III 54 were pronounced dead on the scene by Pet 3 Justice of the Peace Fred Stewart The accident happened at on Texas 46 and Mountridge Drive in the son Valley area Robert Walters who was driving a 1991 Lincoln was stopped at a stop sign on Moun tridge Drive DPS reports said When he pulled out to make a left turn onto Texas 46 he was hit by an Internation al Dovetail truck traveling west on the high way The truck was loaded with milk and is owned by Southern Food Group A Kirby man was driving the vehicle Both Robert Walters Jr and Robert Wal ters III were wearing their safety belts Funeral arrangements are pending for both men at Mission Park Funeral Chapel South in San Antonio 1700 SB Military INSIDE Council balks at metal building ordinance BY PERI STONEPAUMQUIST Staff writer If New Braunfels City Council wants to help beautify the city it will need to do more than enact an ordinance targeting metal buildings some members of council and the public said Monday If were going to regulate aesthetics lets regulate aesthetics and not pick on metal District 3 councilman Randy Vanstory said Vanstory who owns a metal building on Walnut Avenue asked council to broad en the scope of the ordinance draft After an hourlong discussion council voted to send the draft to the citys planning commission with directions to broaden the scope to target more than just metal buildings and limit the area affected to the downtown region Council asked to have a revised ordinance back in six months In other action Monday council approved a speed hump installation pro gram and appointed Lawrence A Brurrf below to the New Braunfels Utilities board Although the city recently learned it was not recommended for federal funding for various flood mitigation projects council did not discuss how to raise money to fund any of the projects