Victoria driver ran red light, caused two-vehicle crash, police say

A driver ran a red light, causing a two-vehicle crash at a Victoria intersection Tuesday morning, police said.

A driver ran a red light, causing a two-vehicle crash at a Victoria intersection Tuesday morning, police said.

Patricia Jeansonne, 63, was driving south on North Ben Wilson Street when she disregarded a red light at the intersection with East Red River Street, said Senior Police Officer Bryan Knief.

Her white Buick Encore then struck a red pickup driven by Victoria resident Jessie Gonzales, 66, as the man attempted a left turn onto Red River Street.

Gonzales had the right of way because of a green-arrow signal at the time of the crash, Knief said.

Victoria driver ran red light, caused two-vehicle crash, police say

A driver ran a red light, causing a two-vehicle crash at a Victoria intersection Tuesday morning, police said.

Firefighters and EMTs removed Jeansonne from her SUV by stretcher and took her to nearby DeTar Hospital Navarro by ambulance. She and Gonzales, who was walking with a bandaged arm after the crash, suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening, Knief said.

After the crash, firefighters brushed debris and radiator fluid from the roadway. The impact was severe enough to cause the Buick to spin around and onto the sidewalk.

Knief said he was considering whether to issue a citation.

Victoria driver ran red light, caused two-vehicle crash, police say

A driver ran a red light, causing a two-vehicle crash at a Victoria intersection Tuesday morning, police said.

Jon Wilcox reports on courts for the Victoria Advocate. He may be reached jwilcox@vicad.com or 361-580-6515.

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Jon covers crime, public safety and the courts at the Victoria Advocate. Born in Huntsville, Ala., he grew up in Atlanta, Ga. and obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism at Texas State University.

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Glenn Wilson

"Knief said he was considering whether to issue a citation." -- The photo shows that she just missed center-punching the driver's door which would have caused serious injuries. Unless it's sometimes legal to run a red light and slam into someone's vehicle why wouldn't a citation be automatic?!

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