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Distracted driver runs into SUV

By Gheni_Platenburg
April 7, 2010 at 6:01 p.m.
Updated April 6, 2010 at 11:07 p.m.

A Victoria firefighter cleans up spilled motor fluids from a two-car wreck near the intersection of Rio Grande and Laurent streets on Wednesday.

Three passengers were injured in a Wednesday afternoon wreck on Rio Grande Street near Laurent Street.

About 2:50 p.m., a black GMC Yukon sport utility vehicle, driven by Kristi Weinzetl, and a tan Lexus SUV, driven by Kristen Froust, were traveling west on Rio Grande Street.

Both vehicles were nearing Laurent Street when 46-year-old Weinzetl stopped for traffic, leading 26-year-old Froust to strike the Yukon from the rear.

Froust, who was traveling with her 1-year-old son in a car seat, said she was distracted at the time of the collision, looking to her left at the H-E-B Grocery store.

Both Weinzetl and her 24-year-old passenger, Duane Willoughby, who were wearing seatbelts, complained of back pain.

Meanwhile, Froust, who was not wearing a seatbelt, complained of nose and ankle pain.

No one was transported to the hospital.

All people involved in the wreck were from out of town. Weinzetl and Willoughby were in town on business from San Antonio, while Froust was visiting from Marksville, La.

Officer Zachary DeLaRosa said Froust was not ticketed for the collision, but she was found at fault for distraction in a vehicle and failure to control speed.



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