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Tivolians remember man killed in car crash

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
Nov. 20, 2011 at 5:20 a.m.


Tivoli resident Robert Hill Slaughter, who died Saturday in a car crash, kept mostly to himself, townspeople said Sunday.

Slaughter died Saturday in a three-vehicle accident on state Highway 35 about 1.5 miles south of state Highway 185 near Green Lake in Calhoun County.

Slaughter was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:05 a.m. by Justice of the Peace James Dworaczyk.

Slaughter, 58, lived alone and seemed to keep to himself, according to Tivoli's Canales Cafe owner Joe Canales.

"He'd come in here once or twice a week, but I didn't know him that well," Canales said. "He was building a home on the river, and he lived by himself."

Other longtime residents of the Tivoli area, including Miguel Torres and Henry Pongratz, said they didn't know him.

It is unknown whether Slaughter has family in the Crossroads.

A Department of Public Safety report said Slaughter's 1983 Mercedes rear-ended a 1995 Chevrolet pickup driven by Nicholas W. Ruddick, of Port Lavaca. Ruddick had stopped in the southbound lane to turn into local hunting grounds.

After the collision, Slaughter's vehicle drifted into the northbound lane and was struck by San Antonio resident Rudolph R. Willmann Jr.'s 2004 Toyota Sienna. The accident occurred about 12:50 a.m. No other injuries were reported at the scene.

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