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Driver followed too close in three-car wreck

By Gheni_Platenburg
March 24, 2010 at 4:05 p.m.
Updated March 23, 2010 at 10:24 p.m.

A Ford Escort is one of three vehicles involved in a Wednesday morning crash on Ben Jordan Street near Loma Vista Avenue.

A driver's failure Wednesday morning to maintain a proper distance from the car in front of him caused a three-vehicle wreck on Ben Jordan Street near Loma Vista Avenue.

At 11:50 a.m., a black Ford Escort, driven by 57-year-old Mary Jones, traveled north on Ben Jordan Street.

Jones slowed for traffic turning into Victoria College.

Victoria police said Daniel Lozada, 19, slammed his white GMC Sierra into the back of a maroon Pontiac G-5, which was behind Jones' car.

This pushed the Pontiac, driven by 20-year-old Alexandra Decklemann, into the back of Jones' car.

Officer Travis Hanson said Lozada was found to be at fault for the crash for following too closely.

He added that the weather could partially be to blame for Lozada's inability to stop. However, Lozada is ultimately responsible for the collision, Hanson said.

Because the street was wet with rain, Lozada should have ensured more space between his automobile and the one in front of him, Hanson said.

Nobody was injured in the wreck. It is unknown whether drivers wore a seatbelt.

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