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+ PLAYOFF WIN Hays softball wrangles Lady Mustangs in playoff opener - Page 1B DJ DACHSHUND Wieners mix it up at Buda Country and Wiener Dog Races. - Page 1C Fair Barton Publications, Inc. ........ HaysFreePress.com ..... ..... Vol. 111 * No. 05 Serving Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 PHOTOS BY MOSES LEOS III A near head-on collision in Buda on Tuesday left two people dead and six others injured. One vehicle was a bus carrying passengers from Creekside Villas Senior Apartments in Buda. The other vehicle was an SUV. A resident of Creekside flown by StarFlight to Brackenridge Hospital in Austin died en route. The SUV driver was killed on impact, according to authorities. J BY MOSES LEOS III The driver of the SU~, William BefAll, 681 of Mountain City, was pro- moses@haysfreepress.com nounced dead at the scene. Creekside Villas resident Joyce A near head-on collision along FM Wilkerson, 74, was flown via Star- 2770 between the Onion Creek Senior Flight to Brackenridge Hospital, but Citizens Center and the Texas Lehigh died during transport. Cement plant left two dead and six The accident occurred in the early injured on Tuesday afternoon, ac- afternoon on Tuesday when the Ter- cording to Buda Police Sergeant Bill rain struck a bus ferrying six residents Kuykendall. from the Creekside Villas. The accident occurred near the For unknown reasons, the Terrain 200 block of FM 2770 between a ma- veered into the opposite lane of traffic. roon GMC Terrain and a bus that was The driver of the bus honked its horn ferrying six residents from the Creek- to warn the driver of the Terrain. Un- side Villas Senior Village Apartments. able to get the Terrain driver's atten- According to Kuykendall, a maroon tion, the driver of the Creekside Villa GMC Terrain was travelling south- bus swerved to avoid a full head-on west toward Hays High School along collision. The Terrain collided with the FM 2770, with the bus going north- rear driver side tire of the bus, flipping east toward Buda. the bus over on its fight side. The force FM 2770, also known as Jack C. Hays of the wreck swept the Terrain around, Trail, was also closed to through traffic leaving it facing southwesterly traffic. onWednesdayaroundnoonto contin- Buda police and fire department ueinvestigation on the wreck, personnel were dispatched to the sceneatapproximatelyl:25p.m.Three dered for Bevill. passengers were airlifted to Bracken- "This accident is so unique, because ridge. Two of those are now listed in it involved so many of our citizens," stable condition. The additional four said Kidd."The people from Creekside injured in the bus were transported Villas are a tight knit community; this to Seton Hays Hospital and have since has been a traumatic ordeal for them. been released. One of my main concerns will be to Kidd said an autopsy has been or- help them in any way we can." way in cam BY ANDY SEVILLA the cause has poured in from outside the city limits. andy@haysfreepress.com According to the first finance re- port for Keep Kyle Moving - the PAC A glimpse into a Political Action supporting the road bond election Committee (PAC) supporting a $36 that is slated to reconstruct Bunton million road bond in Kyle's May 11 Creek, Burleson, Goforth and Leh- election shows financial support for man roads, as well as extend Mar- ketplace Avenue - the organization ers all political contributions as of reported collecting$4,400intotalpo- April 11. No political expenditures litical contributions from developers, were reported. land surveyors and engineering and While other area races also report- planning firms. A mathematical er- ed contributions, no other campaign for was made and the actual amount has come close to raising the same reported, when adding up individual donations, is $4,900. The report cov- See BOND FINANCES, pg. 6A t,.- t"- BY KIM HILSENBECK kim@haysfreepress.com The race to pass legislation to create a Municipal Utility District (MUD) is getting, well, muddy. More than 300 residents from Residents attended the event, hosted by the Citizens Alliance for Responsible Development (CARD), primarily to hear from Texas legislators, Rep. Jason Isaac and Sen. Donna Campbell, who filed bills HB 3918 and SB 1868, respec- tively, on behalf of a private property owner, Greg Lamantia, to create the ment on the property. However, he first wanted to create the MUD, which would increase the land's value, thus increasing the amount of a tax write- ffi3ut Jim McMeans, the founder of CARD, said nothing e~sts in writing to indicate Lamantia's real plans. BY ANDY SEVILLA andy@haysfreepress.com Authorities are questioning a Hays High School student and have seized his vehicle as Kyle Police believe it was involved in an apparent auto-pedestrian accident Satur- day night that left a 37-year-old man dead near the intersection of FM 1626 and Kohler's Cross- ing. Phillip Du- ran's body was DURAN found lifeless, ly- ing in tall grass near a well-traveled intersection Sunday afternoon after his mother reported him missing at 9 a.m. Duran did not return home after his Saturday night jog and his brother, Chad Benninghoff, who was assisting police with the investiga- tion, found Duran's body at about 5:30 p.m. Duran, who liveswith his mother, was last seen by her at about 10 p.m. Saturday, just before he set out on a late-night run, according to Kyle Po- lice Chief Jeff Barnett. Jogging in the evening or night hours was not un- common for Duran, a city news re- lease said. Benninghoff said Duran would park at the Hays Performing Arts Center and run along FM 1626. Following up on several tips from the public, Kyle police found a vehi- cle at the Hays High School parking lot that matched the description au- thorities released Monday aftemoon describing the potential automobile involved in the alleged hit-and-run. A Monday afternoon city press re- lease said police found vehicle parts at the scene that were believed relat- ed to the incident. Among the parts found, was a black side mirror that seemed consistent with those found on a 2000 to 2006 Tahoe, Suburban orYukon. Benninghoff took to social me- dia to ask for the public's assistance in finding the truck that he alleged struck Duran "and left the scene." "I last communicated with my brother Phillip Duran Saturday night. After talking about my torn calf muscle he said he was going for a run, which we both do late at night," Benninghoff wrote on his Facebook page Sunday night. "Got a call at work from Mum Sunday morning asking if I'd seen (Duran). Advised her to call Kyle PD (police department) and local hospitals. Kyle PD searched most of the day. Got off work a couple hours early to help the search. After several hours, I found him on the shoulder south of Kohler's Crossing on southbound 1626 murdered. Even though he was wearing his orange vest someone killed him and left the scene." Justice of the Peace Beth Smith, who ordered an autopsy, said a preliminary report had been con- ducted, but that information would not be released as the investigation is ongoing. Smith said a formal au- topsy report should be available in a few weeks. Barnett said his office was inves- tigating all potential causes of death and had not ruled out a potential hit-and-run, death by natural causes or foul play as of Monday afternoon. Authorities are not releasing the y g . ................. name of the 17-year-old Hays Hlo__ ~< W'unberle and the surroundin area MUD Opponents say the MUD could According to San Marcus River "~h showed up last week at a town hall create a gaant taxatmn district npe ior rounaaUon tbMKr; program alrector student auestioned in connection meetin to rotest the creation of a exploitation Dianne Wassehich, who spoke at the ~i--th-th-~ doath and nn chartr,~ h~d t~ g P .... " ....................................... t, ...... .t t MUD on a 5,000-acre tract of land t2aRD saiu in npm mat Lamantia meeting, me propeny owner come ue- called the Needmore ranch told Hays County commissmners he T,~ -~ ~5~ " planned to create a conservaition ease See WIMBERLEY MUD, pg. 6A See ROAD-SIDE FATALITY, pg. 3A MI.# I1~ Sports ........................ 1-2B Service Directory .......... -3 Kyle pays down more a ' " ' -3 -.-.~ t: .3 .% ~ than .~1 million in debt Education ..................... 3-4B Classifieds .................... 2D t'- < 1"- "~ " " Neighbors ..................... 1-6C Public Notices ............... 2D iIiimz, llqp.,=.=llll ~l ~ ~ ~ .c: - Page 1D Best Bets .................. 2C 7 9 3 5 7 3 8 7 5 2 9 7 + t f I