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Yorktown man critical after crashing into memorial (Video)

By chirst
July 28, 2013 at 2:28 a.m.
Updated July 29, 2013 at 2:29 a.m.

Joseph Jeffries, 30, of Yorktown, was traveling eastbound on Main Street going about 80 mph in a 40 mph zone when he lost control of the 2007 Ford Mustang, striking the Vietnam War Memorial and flipping his vehicle, authorities said. He was  airlifted to Christus Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi and was in critical condition, said Sgt. Richard Ramirez of the Yorktown Police Department.

A Yorktown man was in critical condition and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Monument in Yorktown seriously damaged after a one-vehicle rollover Sunday.

Joseph Jeffries, 30, of Yorktown, was eastbound on Main Street about 7 a.m. and traveling about 80 mph in a 40 mph zone, said Sgt. Richard Ramirez with the Yorktown Police Department.

Jeffries lost control of the 2007 Ford Mustang, striking the memorial and flipping the vehicle.

Jeffries was airlifted to Christus Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi and was in critical condition, Ramirez said.

The wreck caused between $15,000 and $20,000 in damage to the memorial and to a city water line, Police Chief Paul Campos said.

The 12 white crosses at the memorial, three of which were destroyed in the crash, each marked a fallen DeWitt County Vietnam War soldier.

"It's very unfortunate. ... To knock out three crosses that were honoring three gentleman that had passed away during the Vietnam War," said Yorktown resident Harold Tiemann.

The memorial was dedicated in May 2012, after a two-year project by the DeWitt County Vietnam Veterans of America Yorktown Chapter 1029.

Laverne Buesing, chairman of the Vietnam Memorial Committee, said the memorial cost between $150,000 and $200,000 to build.

"What we're going do now is get everything back to normal again and get new flagpoles, new crosses and get everything built back the way it was. Hopefully, we can get it all done in a couple months," Buesing said.

Advocate photographer Sarah Ganzhorn contributed to this story.

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