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Victoria woman cited in accident near Victoria West

By JJ VELASQUEZ
Aug. 11, 2010 at 3:11 a.m.

A worker fastens a wrecked pickup to a wrecking service truck Wednesday after it was hit by a woman who failed to stop at a stop sign near Victoria West High School.

Traffic on U.S. Highway 87 near Victoria West High School was jammed at the site of a work convoy after a westbound sport utility vehicle T-boned a northbound truck Wednesday.

No injuries were reported in the accident.

Diedre Hurley, of Victoria, was cited for failure to yield right of way at the stop sign on Nursery Drive and Tropical Drive, said Zachary De La Rosa, senior patrol officer.

After failing to stop, Hurley's SUV struck the white pickup, which caused it to roll, police said. It was about to roll a second time when it crashed into a work convoy truck, making it flip back onto its tires.

Traffic was held up for 30 minutes after the 5:30 p.m. accident. Traffic was diverted onto Nursery Drive as the northbound lanes were blocked off.

"And school hasn't even started," nearby resident Beth Manuel said in reaction to the accident. Manuel said she and her neighbors are concerned traffic accidents may increase with the presence of the new high school.

Manuel added cars tend to drive over the speed limit and do not stop at stop signs on Nursery Drive and Tropical Drive.

"They fly down here," she said. "We've seen them go incredibly fast."

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