New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 12, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
Shelby Farnsworth’s stepfather, Alex Gorski, left, and mother Jeanette (front middle), grieve with New Braunfels High School students at a memorial in front of the high school Monday. Farnsworth, 16, and her 15-year-old 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 for Shelby Farnsworth and Fernando Diaz are under the direction of Zoeller Funeral Home, 615 Landa St.
SHELBY RYAN FARNSWORTH
Rosary: 7 p.m. today, Zoeller Funeral Home Chapel
Visitation: Began 2 p.m. Monday
Interment: St. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery
FERNANDO OMAR DIAZ
Rosary: Took place at 7 p.m. Monday, Zoeller Funeral Home Chapel
Visitation: Began 2 p.m. Monday
Interment: Will be in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
A funeral mass for Shelby and Fernando will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Civic Center in New Braunfels, 380 S. Seguin. A reception will take place at the Civic Center until 5 p.m.
New Braunfels High School will be released at 1 p.m. Wednesday to allow students and teachers to attend the service. Other schools in the district will not be released.
TxDOT eyes light study
By Peri Stone-Palmquist
Texas Department of Transportation officials said Monday they would look into the possibility of installing a traffic light in front of New Braunfels High School.
But their two- to three-month signal study does not ensure that a light will go up on the same road where two NBHS high school students 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 Smithson 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
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Parents, friends say goodbye
community come to
By Heather Todd
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 Braunfels High School made the pilgrimage to a small roadside memorial along Loop 337 to share memories and say goodbye.
Shelby Farnsworth, a 16-year old cadet sergeant in the New Braunfels Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, and Fernando Diaz, a 15-year old second lieutenant cadet in the MJROTC, died Saturday afternoon when their car collided with a 1999 Ford F-250 in 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 school’s baseball diamond about 2:55 p.m. 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 middle 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 51-year old resident of San Antonio, who was driving the pickup, and his 50-year-old wife, Kathleen Wuest, did not suffer major injuries and refused treatment at the scene.
Across the street from the accident scene, students,
Jeanette Gorski, Shelby Farnsworth’s mother, receives condolences from her daughter’s schoolmates on Monday at the memorial outside New Braunfels High School.
Campus counselors move swiftly to form crisis team/ Page 5A
Tragedy sparks memory of another fatal accident/ Page 6A
Highway department announces plans to study traffic control at NBHS/ Below
Schoolmates remember Shelby, Fernando in their own ways/ Page 3A
Father, son killed in Texas 46 wreck
By Erin Magruder
A Spring Branch father and son were killed in an automobile accident Monday morning when their car was broad-sided by a truck carrying milk, according to a Department of Public Safety report.
Robert Walters Jr., 79, and Robert Walters 111, 54, were pronounced dead on the scene by Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Fred Stewart.
The accident happened at 10:02 a.m. on Texas 46 and Mountridge Drive in the Smithson Valley area.
Robert Walters Jr., who was driving a 1991 Lincoln, was stopped at a stop sign on Mountridge Drive, DPS reports said.
When he pulled out to make a left turn onto Texas 46, he was hit by an International Dovetail truck traveling west on the highway.
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 Walters, III were wearing their safety belts.
Funeral arrangements are pending for both men at Mission Park Funeral Chapel South in San Antonio, 1700 SE Military.Inside
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Council balks at metal building ordinance
By Peri Stone-Palmquist 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.
“lf we’re going to regulate aesthetics, let’s regulate aesthetics and not pick on metal buildings,’’ District 3 councilman Randy Vanstory said.
Vanstory, who owns a metal building on Walnut Avenue, asked council to broaden the scope of the ordinance draft.
After an hour-long discussion, council
voted to send the draft to the city’s 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 program and appointed Lawrence A. Brum-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.