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Thursday, October 30, 2003

Three die in I-20 head-on crash near Wickett

PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 30, 2003 -- Three people were killed in a head-on collision on Interstate 20, Wednesday morning just east of Wickett in Ward County, when the vehicle they were in was cut in two by a truck-tractor rig.

According to Department of Public Safety trooper Jason Anzaldua, the accident happened at 11:28 a.m., on I-20 and involved a 1998 Buick and a 2000 Peterbilt Truck, towing a trailer.

The Buick, driven by Rosellia Joseph, 64, of Dallas, was traveling east on I-20, while the Peterbilt truck was traveling west on I-20.

According to the accident report, the Buick veered off the right shoulder of the highway. Joseph overcorrected to the left and then traveled the across road on center median. The car then went into the oncoming traffic in the westbound lanes of the Interstate and struck the truck head-on.

Killed in the accident were Joseph, who was wearing a seat belt at the time; Nancy John Davis, 60 of El Paso, who was not wearing a seat belt and Henb Nasis Dayoub, 55, of El Paso. Dayoub's body was ejected from the Buick and located 60 feet beyond where the rear portion of the car landed, several hundred feet from where the other part of the car was found at the front of the truck.

It was unknown if Dayoub was wearing her seat belt.

The truck driver, Ervin Miles of A.N. Webber Inc., of Alamogordo, N.M., was not injured in the crash, but was described as "very shook up."

Debris, including suitcases of clothing, foodstuffs and stuffed animals, was strewn along the Interstate, which was closed to westbound traffic until 4:45 p.m.

Investigation of the accident, continued until 5:30 p.m. Trucks and other vehicles were stacked up along the westbound lanes of the interstate for nearly two miles as Department of Public Safety troopers and other law enforcement officers walked the accident scene looking for evidence.

Texas Department of Transportation workers were standing by to clear the debris from the roadway after investigators finished their work.

Ward County Justice of the Peace Pascual Olibas pronounced the occupants of the Buick dead at 11:55 a.m., next of kin was notified and the bodies were taken to Heritage Funeral Home in Monahans.

Olibas indicated the cause of the accident would not be known until results of autopsies were performed and the full investigation had been completed.

Tread marks at the scene indicated both the vehicle and the truck had been braking heavily before the crash

DPS Trooper Ross Bates assisted Anzaldua with the investigation.

The Monahans News contributed to this report

Three injured after pick-ups hit building

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 30, 2003 -- Three persons were injured and the front part of a building was partially destroyed in an accident that occurred Wednesday on the north side of town.

The three were transported to Reeves County Hospital following the collision, which happened at 5:44 p.m., in the 400 block of North Cedar Street.

"A GMC pickup failed to yield the right away to a Ford pickup," said Pecos Police Officer Helen Vernon.

The Ford pickup, driven by Justin Lara, was traveling north on North Cedar, while the other truck had stopped at the stop sign in the 200 block of East 'D' Street, and then proceeded into the intersection.

"The first pickup failed to the yield the right of way to the second vehicle and both vehicles came to rest at the building located on the corner, at 410 N. Cedar," said Vernon. The southeast side of the building was damaged in the accident, and the front window and door of the former liquor store was knocked out.

Vernon identified the driver of the GMC pickup as Dalton Willis. "He said that the sun was in his eyes and he couldn't see the oncoming pickup truck, took off and hit the other truck," said Vernon.

Willis' 9-year-old son was a passenger in the Willis pickup, and was also transported to Reeves County Hospital.

"They all had minor injuries, there were no major injuries," said Vernon.

No citations have been issued, but there was considerable damage done to the building, which used to be a liquor store, but has been closed for the past few years. The building belongs to Susano Falcon, according to Vernon.

Goose Parade, trick-or-treating scheduled Friday

PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 30, 2003 -- The Town of Pecos City will hold its annual Mother Goose and Friends Halloween Parade on Friday afternoon, and city officials are supporting having parents sent their kids trick-or-treating on Halloween night this year.

The parade is scheduled for Friday afternoon along West Third Street, from Hackberry to Oleander streets. Line-up will be at 4:15 p.m. with judging at 4:30 and the parade will begin at 5 p.m.

With Halloween on a Friday this year, the city have designated that day for all trick-or-treaters. City officials have backed moving the date in previous years, when Halloween has fallen in the middle of the week or on a Sunday.

Juvenile facing assault charges after stabbings

PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 30, 2003 -- A juvenile was taken into custody this week, after two Pecos teens were stabbed on Saturday outside of Saragosa Hall; in what Pecos police said was possibly a gang related fight.

According to police reports, Michael Juarez, 17, and Max Miranda, 18, were on their way out of the hall after the dance was over, when they were approached by a group of youths. Words were exchanged and the two men were stabbed in the ensuing fracas.

The instigating parties left the scene before police arrived on the scene at 1:30 a.m. Miranda received a stab wound in the back, but refused treatment. Juarez received a slash from the bridge of his nose to just under his right eye; he was transported to RCH, treated and released.

As of Monday, one juvenile had been picked up and charged with assault causing bodily injury, a Class A misdemeanor, in the case.

Rodeo Hall nets $3,700 towards depot site work

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 30, 2003 -- Tuesday's fundraising barbeque for the Texas Rodeo Hall of Fame raised over $2,000, according to Pecos Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Linda Gholson.

The barbeque was held at the old Missouri Pacific Railroad Depot at First and Oak streets, which is the proposed site for the new Texas Rodeo Hall of Fame.

"The barbeque raised just over $2,100, and then we have sponsors for the (depot) windows in the amount of $1,600,' said Gholson.

Reeves County Sheriff's Posse cooked the barbeque lunch, while the West of the Pecos Museum and Security State Bank funded the food for Tuesday's event. The luncheon also gave citizens a chance to see the old depot, which for many of them may have never seen or have not seen in a long time.

"We're pleased with it," Gholson said of Tuesday's fundraiser, in which plates were sold for $8.50 each. She said future fundraisers would also be held, though the exact cost of making the Hall a reality will depend in part on how much work can be done through free donations of time.

The Chamber, along with the Town of Pecos City and local citizens, has been working towards creation of a Texas Rodeo Hall of Fame for the past four years. The Union Pacific Railroad gave the depot to the city last year, and the newly created Texas Rodeo Hall Of Fame Corporation presented its formal proposal for the new facility to Town of Pecos City Council members last month.

The depot, located across the street from the West of the Pecos Museum, is in need of renovations before actual work can begin on the Hall of Fame itself.

"It will take some extensive work, because it is an old building and needs a lot of fixing up," Gholson said.

The sprucing up will allow the 90-year-old depot to be declared a historical monument, in the hopes that the plaque outside of the depot will attract visitors and investors alike.


PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 30, 2003 -- High Wednesday 93. Low this morning 59. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows 50 to 55. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Friday: Mostly sunny. Highs upper 80s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Saturday: Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 80s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Saturday night: Partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 50s to near 60. Sunday: Partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms. Highs near 80. Sunday night: Partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 50s.


Maxine Oglesby

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