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Yorktown city administrator killed in crash

By DAVID TEWES
Dec. 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.


YORKTOWN - Residents of this rural community are waking up in shock Wednesday to find out their city administrator was killed a one-vehicle crash.

"Those nights like last night you don't like to see," said Bill Robinson, a Yorktown justice of the peace and emergency medical services coordinator. "He was too young."

The victim was identified as Marcus Puente, 28, a native of Yorktown. Robinson said Puente had been the city administrator for about a year.

"I think he was doing a good job," said Robinson, who is also the municipal judge. "I don't think there was any problem with his performance."

Trooper Dustin Slovacek with the Texas Department of Public Safety reported that Puente was driving a 1993 Pontiac passenger vehicle east on Farm-to-Market Road 952 near Cotton Patch. The crash was reported about midnight.

The vehicle failed to negotiate a curve, left the road and rolled, according to Slovacek. The report stated Puente, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the Cuero Community Hospital.

Robinson said while it was difficult to tell in the dark and with everything that was going on, it appeared Puente was ejected and thrown about 75 yards from the vehicle.

"When we got there, there was one of our volunteers from Nordheim already on the scene doing CPR," Robinson said. "Of course, I went to the hospital with him and we did CPR for about 40 minutes. Then the doctor pronounced him dead."

Robinson said he conducted an inquest and has ordered blood work to test for alcohol and drugs. He said he did not order an autopsy.

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