New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 3, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
SPORTS HOOP IT UP
The Canyon girls basketball team continues to host its annual tournament.
INSIDE NEVER FORGET
Seele Elementary students dedicate bench, promise to remember fallen classmate. Page 9A
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Bus ride turns into nightmare
Student run over after stepping off school bus
By Ron Maloney
SWARTZVILLE — A 12-year-old Canyon Lake boy was critically injured Friday afternoon when he was struck after getting off a school bus.
The boy, who officials only identified as a Smithson Valley Middle School seventh-grader, was listed in critical condition at 8 p.m. Friday at University Hospital in San Antonio, where he was being treated for a major head injury.
The driver who struck the boy, Roy Mack Miller Jr., 68, of Canyon l.ake, was not injured. He had not been cited at the scene of the accident early Friday night. Although investigation was continuing, Department of Public Safety Corporal Rick Alvarez ruled out drugs or alcohol as a factor.
But Miller acknowledged he passed a line of cars and the bus on the shoulder on the right side of the road.
“I Ie said he had dropped a cigarette in his truck,” /Alvarez said. “While he was looking down and fumbling for it, he knew there were vehicles in front of him and he pulled to the right, passing the vehicles, then the bus and striking the boy.”
Miller's truck missed two other students who had gotten off the bus with the boy. The victim’s two sisters, still on the bus, were reported to have seen the accident.
Public safety officials reported the accident occurred at about 4 p.m. on PM 3159 south of Startzville in front of the Creek Hollow Cabins and RV Park just after the boy and two other students exited Bus 207, which was carrying about 40 students from Smithson Valley Middle School and Smithson Valley I Ugh School. Neither the DPS nor Comal Inde-
□SD revels in success on the gridiron
By Jessica Sanders
Dawn lung is a woman tom between two teams.
As bookkeeper for Smithson Valley High School, she supports the Rangers and the children who participate in every football game. However, her true allegiance lies across Comal County, where her husband Jared is an assistant football coach for Canyon I Ugh School.
“I do get a little ridiculed. I think it’s from the years when
AT A GLANCE
RWhat: Class 5A-II Region IV championship game — Smithson Valley vs. San Antonio Madison.
H When: 1 p.m. today
■ Where: Com-alander Stadium in San Antonio
■ What: Class 4A-II Region IV championship game — Canyon vs. Corpus Christi Calallen.
■ When: 2 p.m. today
■ Where: Memorial Stadium in Victoria
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
A parent comforts a student as she steps off the school bus after a seventh-grade student was struck by a pickup truck as he exited the bus Friday afternoon. Below, a student aboard a Comal ISD school bus cries while watching DPSTroopers investigate the accident scene.
pendent School District identified the bus driver.
Hie boy was described as having sustained a major head injury. His heart was beating, but he was not breathing when Canyon Lake Fire/EMS paramedics arrived at the scene. An AirLife helicopter was dispatched while firefighters were still enroute.
“Our experience tells us when it sounds this bad on the radio, it usually is,” said Canyon Lake Fire/EMS Lt. Jeff Schultz. “We asked for the helicopter.”
Arriving on-duty paramedics were preceded by Canyon Lake Fire/EMS Capt. James Villarreal, who was returning home from spending the day fighting a mobile home fire and drove by just as the accident occurred.
“When we got here, the boy wasn’t breathing, and he had a fixed stare,” an official said. “It doesn’t look good. Capt. Villarreal was doing rescue breathing. That he was right there was the only good thing that happened out here.”
See NIGHTMARE, Page 10A
Couple left homeless after blaze destroys Canyon Lake mobile home
they were both in the
same district and played against each other,” she said. “I always go to my husband’s games, unless there’s a time when they’re not on the same day."
lung said she knows a lot of wonderful students who play for Smithson Valley’s varsity squad, so she doesn’t mind the friendly ribbing she gets for supporting Canyon.
CISD is represented by both its high schools today in football playoff action. Smithson Valley takes on Madison I Ugh School in San Antonio, while Canyon faces Corpus Christi Calallen High School in Victoria.
See FOOTBALL, Page 3A
Breakfast with Santa, visit from the Pony Express highlight day of Christmas fun.
Christmas with style tonight
By Ron Maloney
A Canyon Lake firefighter knocks down the fire inside a mobile home located on Buckingham Drive Friday.
By Ron Maloney
CANYON LAKE — A Buckingham Drive couple was left homeless Friday by a fire Blat destroyed their mobile home.
Canyon Lake, Bulverde and Spring Branch firefighters dispatched to the home in the 400 block at 8:30 a.m. were warned that the woman who lived there was trapped on the back porch.
They arrived to find the back half of the home fully engulfed in flames and that a neighbor had helped the woman from the back porch.
Neighbors said the quick response by Canyon Lake Fire/EMS prevented a personal tragedy from spreading to nearby mobile homes through a heavily wooded neighborhood.
Canyon Lake Fire/EMS Lt. Jeff Schultz said heavy black smoke was visible to responding firefighters from miles away on FM 2673. Firefighters
had to drag hoses from more than 1,000 feet up the hill on Buckingham and from several hundred feet down the hill.
“We made our attack, but the knockdown was delayed by adjacent storage sheds, a 250-gallon propane tank and a large supply of reloading equipment and ammunition inside the residence,” Schultz said.
Three of the county’s rural fire departments were called in under mutual aid agreements, and Countrywide Construction Corp. provided firefighters with a backhoe to remove debris.
“If it wasn’t for that, wed still be out there with shovels and hand tools,” Schultz said early Friday evening.
Friday’s fire gave Canyon Lake Fire/EMS its first opportunity to use its new foam fire suppression system.
“It made a mess, but it worked excellent,” Schultz said “We’re glad we have it.”
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IF YOU GO
■ Best viewing for the annual Canyon Lake Christmas Parade of lights is from Overlook Park. Take FM 2673 or FM 306 to South Access Road and turn on COE Drive.
CANYON LAKE —
It’ll begin to look a lot like Christmas this evening at Canyon l^ike.
Beginning at 6 p.m., up to two dozen boats will take to the kike in the 22nd annual Christmas Parade of lights.
Parade Chairman Mike Finleon said as of Friday, 18 boats had signed up and some already were decorated.
“Its looking pretty good," Finleon said. “It looks like we’re going to have a pretty good afternoon, and I’m anticipating a pretty good field.”
Finleon said the event would begin at 6 p.m. at Canyon Lake Marina with boats from the marina, Hill Country Yacht Club and Cranes Mill marina participating. The boats would sail or motor to Cranes Mill by 8. By 8:45, they would go to Jacobs Creek and then would finish up at the Canyon Lake Marina by 9:30.
The event will be followed by the HCYC’s annual Christmas party and with die awarding of prizes for the best holiday decorations.
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