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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 15, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas c0WlrST rllCROPUJil f YflN TfcL I NEWftJagJKFELS f ry HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 19 20 pgs in 2 sections December 15 1999 WEDNESDAY Serving Carnal County since 1852 50 cents Christmas on their own A young family struggles through the holidays after father dies in car accident in November VV J WAI Austin 5 and Lillie 4 play under the Christmas tree while their mom Jennifer McGinley keeps up with 18monthold Star McGinley is celebrating Christmas without her husband Shaun who was killed in a car accident in November BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Jennifer McGinley has seen more tragedy in her 22 years than any one person should have to bear Having lost a father brother and sis ter all before the age of 10 she was looking forward to a time when her life would be filled with joy instead of sor row When I was little I always won dered what I had done to make God so angry at she said When you lose a family member that hurt never goes When she met future husband Shaun McGinley three years ago everything changed in her life From the day I met him I knew we were meant to be she said I thought about growing old with him and being happy having a The two were married in June 1998 But fate would be unkind to Jennifer McGinley once again On Nov 12 Shaun 21 was killed in an automobile accident when the car he was driving flipped over the side of a bridge on River Road McGinley and three passengers trav eled more than 50 feet in the air before the car slammed into the hard bedrock bottom of the Guadalupe River at the third crossing McGinley was killed instantly leav ing behind an 18monthold daughter Star and Jennifer McGinleys two young children from a previous mar riage Austin 5 and Lillie 4 We had just bought a house near my parents at Canyon Lake We were just going to have a normal Jennifer McGinley said Eventually Shaun was going to adopt Austin and Ljftlie He was their father 100 McGinleys grief was compounded See NBISD trustees discuss traffic alternatives BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer The mother of a New Braunfels High School student who died in a car acci dent on Loop 337 Oct 9 urged school trustees Tuesday night to not make future safety in front of the high school a financial issue Janette Gorski the mother of NBHS student Shelby Farnsworth told trustees they shouldnt put a financial value on a childs life when considering future plans for traffic safety in front of the high school 2551 Loop 337 Gorksis comments preceded a pre sentation by the Texas Department of Transportation and the Texas Trans portation Institute on a threephase plan to enhance traffic safety at Loop 337 and NBHS TxDOT agreed to conduct a traffic study on Loop 337 in front of the high school in response to public outcry after a fatal accident in front of the school in October Farnsworth 16 and Fernando Diaz 15 were killed Oct 9 when their car was struck by a quarter ton pickup on Loop 337 in front of NBHS Gorski told ttustefes Tuesday night It was my child but it could have been anyone elses child There are a lot of kids coming in and out of that school and everyone wants to be sure that their children are Several audience members applaud ed Gorskis remarks Russell Henk program manager for TTI recommended a number of mea sures including installation of a traffic signal and modifications to school dri veways The following were TTIs recom mendations Phase I Pavement grooves on Loop 337 at the entrance of school zones to help reduce traffic speed Parking restrictions modifi cations to parking conditions in the dirt area in front of the school and making additional parking available in back of the school Restricting driveway No 1 the dri veway closest to the stadium to bus traffic only Phase IIA Modifying driveway No 2 the middle driveway to an entranceonly driveway Modifying driveway No 3 next to Gruene Wood Villa Apartments to an exitonly driveway Closing driveway to Gruene Wood Villa apartment complex or make it a rightturn only driveway Installing a traffic signal at driveway No 3 Phase IIB if no traffic signal A sensor tied to signs and strobes that would signal when a vehicle is turning onto Loop 337 Phase III Extend Ohio Avenue from California Boulevard to Texas 46 Ohio currently runs from California to a dead end near Panther Creek Henk said the proposed plan could reduce accident potential in front of the school by 50 percent I think Phase IIA with the traffic signal is the best overall package and thats the one we are actually recom he said But he said a traffic signal would almost guarantee more rearend colli sions and would slow down traffic exit ing the high school Henk said atraffic sttidy dfthe area indicated driveway No 3 met two of the 12 warrants that must be present in order for engineers to consider installing a traffic signal No 3 has the highest vol ume of exiting he said Henk also said there was not a distinct pattern where traffic accidents occurred in front of the school during the past four years Henk said the district needed to con struct a fence or curb to prevent students from accessing Loop 337 by driving across an unpaved parking area in front of the school A district committee will work with TxDOT to make a final recommenda tion for action Trustees must report a plan of action to TxDOT by January to make the states deadline Costs estimates were not available but resident TxDOT engineer Greg Malatek said TxDOT would pay for the traffic signal signs and any improvements to road surfaces A van and pickup collided in a Tuesday morning accident that sent three men to University Hospital in San Antonio WAI 281 wreck sends three men to hospital FROM STAFF REPORTS BULVERDE Three men were seri ously injured in a twocar accident about Tuesday at 281 and Farm toMarket Road 1863 when a motorist allegedly failed to yield rightofway Emergency personnel from the Bul verde Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services used the jaws of life to pry two men from an overturned construction company pick up truck and one man from a van Texas Department of Public Safety Comal County Sheriffs Department and Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Depart ment and EMS also responded All three men were transported by helicopter to University Hospital in San Antonio and were alert and conscious at the time of transport said Raylon Schlueder Bulverde Volunteer Fire Department chief Officer Michael Caldwell with the sheriffs office said the truck was heading west on FM 1863 and failed to yield rightofway to a van heading north on US 281 The van collided with the pick up About 20 to 30 gallons of gasoline that leaked from the truck had to be con tained and officers covered the spill with peat moss Drizzle doesnt stop fireworks ban BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer This past weekends rainfall did little more than get everything in New Braunfels wet The longawaited precipitation did nothing to lead Comal County Commissioners to lift the burn ban that has been in place since Aug 9 They voted Thurs day to extend the bum ban another three months And on Monday they enacted a ban on the sale and use of fireworks such as skyrockets with sticks and mis siles with fins Violation of the ban could result in a fine up to Total recorded rainfall for the weekend was less than of an inch the National Weather Service reported The rain did not do anything to low er the fire danger in the Lin Manford Comal County Fire Marshal The rain did not do anything to lower the fire dan ger in the Fire Marshal Lin Manford said New Braunfels recently made the top three list of dri est places to live in die entire state the Texas Forest Ser vice reported The National Weather Service predicted the dry conditions will continue throughout die winter and sig See INSIDE Key Code 76 Cheer Fund needs help from you The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung is just days away from delivering food baskets to needy New Braunfels area residents but we still need your help Donations are behind previous years efforts and every dollar will go toward buying food for folks who otherwise would not have nice holiday meals Make your donation to the Cheer Fund at 707 Landa St If you would like to help assemble or deliver the baskets drop by the HeraldZeitung about 8
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