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Multiple wrecks end with four injured, one arrest

By KBell
Oct. 1, 2010 at 5:01 a.m.


Department of Public Safety troopers responded to four wrecks in a matter of hours Thursday around Victoria, resulting in four taken to the hospital and one DWI arrest.

The first collision occurred at the intersection of U.S. Highway 77 and Fleming Prairie Road at 3:38 p.m.

A Chevrolet Silverado truck driven by Nicholas Hinojosa, 82, of Victoria, was eastbound on Fleming Prairie and failed to yield at a stop sign on the highway. A southbound motorcycle, driven by Ruben Martinez, 40, of Corpus Christi, struck the driver's door of the truck, said DPS Cpl. Frank Casillas.

Martinez was taken by Citizens Airmedical helicopter to Spohn Memorial Hospital in Corpus Christi, where he was listed in critical but stable condition.

Martinez was not wearing a helmet, Casillas said.

Hinojosa, who was uninjured, was issued a citation for failure to yield, the trooper said.

Another wreck at 6:47 p.m. on Rabb Road ended with a 42-year-old Victoria woman being arrested on suspicion of felony driving while intoxicated with a 4-year-old girl in the car.

The arrest report named Melissa Jean Allison as the driver in that wreck.

Allison failed to negotiate a curve and drove her vehicle off the road about a quarter mile west of Nursery Drive. She crashed into a fence and continued traveling about 1,000 feet through a brushy pasture, Casillas said.

DPS located a family member, who took custody of the child.

Both passengers were wearing proper restraints.

A crash in Bloomington at Farm-to-Market Road 616 just south of Herbert Street sent a man and two children to the hospital at 3:45 p.m.

A Chevrolet Silverado truck by Rodney Lee Young, 47, of Victoria, was driving behind a Dodge Ram driven by Priscilla Woodman, 34, of Bloomington.

Young was following Woodman too closely and rear-ended the Ram as it slowed to make a right turn, Casillas said.

Woodman and 11- and 8-year-old boys were taken to Citizens Medical Center.

All involved were wearing seatbelts.

Citations for failing to control speed and following too closely may be issued pending investigation, Casillas said.

Another motorcycle wrecked on Old Goliad Road at 6:39 p.m.

Lanndon Smith, 25, of Victoria, was passing a vehicle when he lost control of his bike and went into the grass, Casillas said.

Smith was uninjured in the wreck.

Casillas gave credit to the Victoria County Sheriff's Office for helping in what he called a "crazy night."

"We had great assistance by the sheriff's office in regard to traffic control and their professionalism with assisting us," Casillas said. "They helped tremendously on everything."

Trooper Jesse Chavana also assisted with the Thursday night wrecks.

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