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Tivoli man dies in 3-vehicle crash on Highway 35

Nov. 19, 2011 at 5:19 a.m.
Updated Nov. 20, 2011 at 5:20 a.m.


A 58-year-old Tivoli man died Saturday after his vehicle struck the rear end of a pickup on state Highway 35, just south of Victoria.

The crash occurred at 12:50 a.m. about 1.5 miles south of state Highway 185 in Calhoun County.

According to the Department of Public Safety report, driver Robert Hill Slaughter, who died in the crash, was in his 1983 Mercedes in the southbound lane when it hit a 1995 Chevrolet pickup, driven by Nicholas W. Ruddick, of Port Lavaca.

The pickup had stopped in the southbound lane and was making a left turn into local hunting grounds. His turn signal was flashing.

The report said Slaughter’s vehicle then drifted into the northbound lane, where it was struck by a 2004 Toyota Sienna, driven by Rudolph R. Willmann Jr., of San Antonio.

Slaughter, who was wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at 2:05 a.m. by Justice of the Peace James Dworaczyk.

No other injuries were reported. Information about citations was not available.

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