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Port O'Connor man killed in single-vehicle crash

By Gheni_Platenburg
May 31, 2010 at 12:31 a.m.

Victoria Fire Department crews assist an injured passenger out of a car and carry her to the ambulance. The injuries were suffered in a car wreck involving eight cars on U.S. Highway 59 South, on Monday.

The death of a man in a car crash and a separate multi-vehicle pileup marred the Memorial Day weekend in the Crossroads.

James Risken, 45, of Port O'Connor, died after his GMC Yukon crashed Sunday evening.

Risken was traveling east on state Highway 185 when he went off the road for an unknown reason and then overcorrected, Department of Public Safety Trooper Joseph Schuler said. The Yukon flipped several times, the trooper said.

Risken was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle, Schuler said. He landed in the roadway and was pronounced dead at the scene.

"It's possible he was intoxicated," the trooper said.

Also, at 4 p.m. Monday, traffic was backed up for more than an hour after an eight-vehicle wreck took place on U.S. Highway 59 South near Fox Road. Ambulances took two people to the hospital for treatment, but no further information was available Monday on their conditions.

Schuler said the accident was caused when several vehicles headed north came to a stop on the roadway, prompting a domino effect.

"Traffic was so congested. That is probably why they came to a stop," Schuler said.

Schuler said he knew of no other serious crashes during the holiday weekend.

Victoria County Sheriff T. Michael O'Connor said he was pleased by the relatively quiet weekend within his jurisdiction.

"There was one accident on Monday when everybody was heading home," the sheriff said.

O'Connor attributed the lack of accidents to drivers being more aware of what they were doing behind the wheel.

"I think people were taking care and being safe," O'Connor said.

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