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Driver in fair condition after Yorktown crash (video)

By Jessica Priest
July 29, 2013 at 2:29 a.m.
Updated July 30, 2013 at 2:30 a.m.

The driver of a 2007 Ford Mustang was was traveling eastbound on Main Street about 7 a.m. about 80 mph in a 40 mph zone when he lost control of the vehicle, causing him to strike the Vietnam War Memorial and flip the vehicle. Joseph Jeffries, 30, of Yorktown, was airlifted to Christus Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi and is in critical condition,  said Sgt. Richard Ramirez of the Yorktown Police Department.

A Yorktown man was recovering Monday from injuries suffered in a Sunday morning high-speed wreck.

Yorktown official are also working to repair the Vietnam War memorial damaged in the wreck.

Joseph Jeffries, 30, of Yorktown, was listed in fair condition at Christus Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi about 5 p.m. Monday, said Katy Kiser, communication manager.

Jeffries was airlifted to the hospital after he lost control of his 2007 Ford Mustang while traveling east on Main Street in Yorktown.

He struck the DeWitt County Vietnam Veterans Memorial and flipped his vehicle about 7 a.m. Sunday, according to earlier reports.

He was traveling about 80 mph in a 40 mph zone, police said Sunday.

Laverne Buesing, chairman of the Vietnam Memorial Committee, is trying to get estimates for the repair work to turn over to the city.

The city has an insurance policy with the Texas Municipal League, which it could file a claim under, said Robert Mendez, Yorktown city administrator, Monday.

But Jeffries' insurance company, State Farm, has already contacted the city about the claim and is expected to file related paperwork soon.

The memorial attracts tourists, so the city wants to restore it as soon as possible, Mendez said.

Three crosses, three flagpoles, trees and a water line were damaged. Each cross represents a fallen DeWitt County Vietnam soldier and will likely cost $1,000 to fix, said Buesing, a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America Yorktown Chapter 1029.

The three crosses that were damaged represented Robert E. Ragland, 20, of Cuero; Salvador P. Triana, 21, of Cuero; and Jesse M. Nunez, 21, of Yoakum, he said.

Police estimated Sunday the wreck caused anywhere from $15,000 to $20,000 in damage.

Chapter 1029 began fundraising for the project in 2010 via gun raffles, said Buesing, who was grateful volunteers and city workers cleaned up the mess for about two and a half hours Sunday.

It was dedicated in May 2012 and cost between $150,000 and $200,000 to build, he said.

"It's a tragedy that he ran through the memorial, but our hearts go out to him and his family," Buesing said. "We just hope he's all right. ... No lives were lost. Lives can't be replaced."



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