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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 19, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS SATURDAY April 16 pages in 2 sections EITUNG Voh 152 No 134 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Man dies after car plummets into Guadalupe BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SPRING BRANCH A Spring Branch man died ear ly Friday when his north bound car struck a bridge abutment and was catapult ed into the Guadalupe River Department of Public Safe ty Trooper Steve Tippett said Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace William Schroeder pro nounced Danny Wayne Coots 25 dead at the scene of the accident at 5 Coots body remained in the submerged and demol ished car for more than three hours after the acci dent while Spring Branch firefighters prepared the vehicle so a salvage wrecker could lift it 60 feet onto the northbound 281 bridge It appears he left the road way hit the guardrail and vaulted over into the Tippett said You can see from his tire tracks where he left the road We dont know other than that We might never know what Tippett said The car traveled more than 200 feet through the air before it first struck the ground under the bridge and then rolled tearing its way through trees on the river bank and landing in the cen ter of the river Parts of the 2000 Ford Escort including a front wheel headlamps tie rods and its front bumper were sprayed across US 281 and onto the bridge Other parts including the passengers side door were torn off as the vehicle went through the trees Sheriffs deputy David See I spy weekend full of events Take a peek into the miniature world 16tb Annual Braunfels Civic Center The exhibit takes place from 9 to 5 at the civic center and the Elks Club on Sequin Avenue The event is a fundraiser for the Railroad Museum K JESSIE DAVID Above Rusty Mills left and Billy Dawson discuss the restoration on Billys 1958 Corvette at the 11th annual New Braunfels Area Car Club Swap Meet Friday The show continues through Sunday at the Comal County Fairgrounds Onsite parking for the event Is per carload Left Joe Coots holds up a section of a model railroad display while Vlnce Smith lends a helping hand in stabilizing the table in prepara tion for the 16th Annual Model Railroad Jamboree Admission for adults is and children 17 and younger are admitted for Motorcycle rider killed after running headon into truck Victim pronounced dead at scene BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Department of Public Safety troopers late Friday night were investigating a headon collision in which a 45yearold New Braunfels motorcyclist was killed County Judge Danny Scheel pronounced the man dead at the scene of the acci dent Scheel and DPS officials did not release his name pending the notification of his next of kin DPS trooper Vaughn Pack said the man was driving eastbound on his late model Yamaha motorcycle on Texas 46 when Nolan Bees 38 of New Braunfels turned in front of him The motorcycle was crushed under the front end of the truck and its rider was thrown a short distance to the side of the road by the impact Pack said the 1998 4wheeldrive pickup truck Bees was driving was owned by another New Braunfels resident As witnesses reported the accidents on cell phones county and city dispatch sent out emergency medical crews from the New Braun fels Fire Department and Canyon Lake Trooper Rick Alvarez and New Braunfels paramedics prepared to perform cardio pulmonary resuscitation on the victim The New Braunfels fire fighters cancelled the addi tional paramedic and fire units He was dead at the Pack said The accident occurred about miles west of the FarmtoMarket Road 2722 intersection Traffic was slowed by Comal County sheriffs deputies while the accident scone was cleared K JESSIE Comal County Judge Danny Scheel right finishes his investigation of an accident Thursday night with the help of Constable Larry Leissner and others at the scene of a headon collision on Texas 46 near Range Road Scheel pronounced the driver of the motorcycle dead after CPR attempts by New Braunfels paramedics were unsuccessful River committee OKs hiring summer manager BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer The New Braunfels River Activities Committee decided Thursday to hire a fulltune river manager for the 2003 summer season If city council approves RAG would put aside about to hire the manager for six months The river manager would work under the parks depart ment and would be a com munity liaison working with outfitters and the public The manager would not oversee river spotters The contribu tions of the parks depart ment would not change RAC board members went back and forth about the starting point of the position and how much money to spend Iris Neffendorf parks department director told RAC members they would have to decide whether they wanted a quality staff mem ber for the season or a lower quality hire for an extended period of time She said if she didnt have a budget restraint she would suggest a highquality man ager at per year RAC decided to fund that for half a year See INSIDE Abby TV Key Code 76 County asked to back food drive BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County officials were asked Thursday to sup port an annual food drive conducted by postal workers Don McBroom a New Braunfelabased letter carri er attended commissioners court Thursday looking for help with this years 10th annual National Association of Letter Carriers food drive On the second Saturday each May letter carriers across the country collect mil lions of pounds of food for local food banks In Comal County McB room said food banks in New Braunfels and Canyon Lake would benefit from this years effort At a glance Post office employees will conduct the annual National Association of Utter Carriers Food Drive May 10 Put nonperishable food items out wherever you pick up your mail Food collected In New Braunfels and Oomal County will be distributed here For Information go to Weve been told that there has been a lot of demand and the food bank is nearly out of McBroom told com missioners As school winds down he said pressure on the food bunks would mount Children in Hummer uaud to getting some of their nieuls at school wont be able to and theyll be going to food McBroom said Im here to get the word out and ask you to help County Judge Danny Scheel asked for residents countywide who could to help out with nonperishable food Put it by your mailbox or take it to post offices so we can get it distributed to our food Scheel said I think this is an admirable Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Dawson said the drive is important for many of his constituents See
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