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Page 2A + NEWS Hays Free Press May 15, 2013 + The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 122 N. Main St., Buda, IX 78610. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. ISSN#1087-9323 NEWS TIPS If you think it's news, we probably do tool Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 E-mail: news@haysfreepress. com Mail: P.O. Box 339, Buda, Texas 78610 : CORRECTIONS Any erroneous reflection upon the character, standing or reputation of any person, firm or corporation which may appear in the pages of the Hays Free Press will be corrected upon being brought to the attention of the publisher. DEADLINES The deadline for display advertising and any contributed news copy in the Hays Free Press is 5 p.m. Friday the week prior to publication. The deadline for Letters to the Editor and classified word advertising in the Hays Free Press is noon Monday the week of publication, though we encourage readers and advertisers to observe the Friday deadline. LETrERS GUIDELINES We welcome locally written letters to the editor on timely topics of community interest. We ask that you keep them to about 350 words in length and that you not indulge in personal attacks on private individuals. Letters may be edited for brevity and clarity. All letters should be signed by the author and include a daytime phone number where the author can be contacted for verification. Letter writers are limited to one letter per month. Letters can be emailed to HISTORY Founded April 10, 1903, by Thomas Fletcher Harwetl as The Kyle News, with offices on the corner of Burleson and Miller Streets in the town's oldest remaining building. It merged into The Hays County Citizen in 1956. The paper consolidated with The Free Press in October, 1978. During its more than 100-year history the newspaper has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. BY MOSES LEOS III April 29 started off as just a normal Tuesday for Buda resi- dent Rosalinda Gomez. That afternoon, her day became anything but normal. Gomez and her family were travelling east on FM 2770 to- ward Buda after picking up her son from Hays High School for an appointment. Her sister, Sarah Toledo, in town from Iowa, was also in the car. None of them imagined the chaos about to take place in front of them. In a matter of seconds, Gomez's family wit- nessed the accident that took the lives of W'flliam Bevill and ]oyce Wilkerson. On that fateful day, Gomez was driving behind the Creek- side Villas bus, which was also heading back to Buda after a luncheon at Kyle's Old City Hall. Coming from the other direction was an SUV driven by Bevill. Gomez realized something awful was about to happen. "I saw that the SUV crossed into our lane," Gomez said. "I knew that it was going to hit the shuttle." Gomez said she heard the shuttle bus' horn, presumably honked as a warning to the oncoming SU~. But the SUV did not respond. Gomez saw the bus swerve to the right to avoid a head on collision. In a split second decision, Gomez also swerved to the right to avoid being hit, then braked on the grass embank- ment on the side of 2770. "I did not know where I was heading," Gomez said. 'Tkll I know was that I wanted to get out of there." The SU~, which Comez esti- mated was travelling about 55 miles an hour, slammed into left side of the shuttle bus. The force of the collision caused the shuttle to roll onto its fight side, with the front of the bus facing west. Bevill's SUV was spun around, with the vehicle facing against traffic travelling from the northeast. Gomez saw, "a tire fly out," from the SUV after the collision. The aftermath left Gomez and her family frightened, but she said they regained their composure and quickly ran over to the vehicles to check on the occupants. All three initially responded to Bevill, calling 9-1-1 to report the acci- dent. Gomez was instructed to check on Bevill's condition. "I talked to the operator, who asked if (Be _ll) was con- scious. He was not. He was not "1 just kept thinkino of his family who were waiting for him," Gomez said. "1 cannot explain my pain, how deeply I feel for the families of both people that passed away. My heartfelt condolences and prayers are with them." -Rosalinda Gomez, first on the scene at FM 2770 wreck in good shape," Gomez said. informed them we had already In addition, the operator called the cops." asked for Gomez to check Bey- Gomez said several other ill's pulse. In the process, she drivers stopped at the accident made what she called a star- scene and tried to offer aid to fling discovery, the bus passengers. "I touched his face, and it According to Gomez, her was cold and sweaty," she said. sister tried, but could not open "It seemed that he might have theemergencydoorintheback had a heart attack." of the bus. Instead, she had to According to the Bevill fam- communicate with passengers fly, results of the autopsy per- through the windshield, which formed were inconclusive, had a large hole in it. Toledo Gomez said windshield heard that a passenger in the glass was scattered over Bev- bus was pinned. ill's face, his eyeglasses broken. While she tended to the bus She also said his breathing was passengers, Gomez stayed by labored. Bevill's side. During that time, As Gomez continued to she implored emergency op- monitor Bevill's condition, To- erators to send EMS units as ledo checked on shuttle bus quickly as possible. All the passengers, while, she tried to relay to Bev- "I went to the bus, which ill that help was on the way. was on its side. I talked to peo- "My son asked if he was go- ple, asking if they were okay," ing to die," she said. Toledo said. "One passenger Gomez stayed with Bevill was yelling, asking for help.We until first responders arrived. Joyce Wilkerson, a resi- dent at Creekside Villas and passenger on the bus, was transported by StarFlight to Brackenridge Medical Cen- ter in Austin. She died en route to the hospital. For Gomez and her family, the experience left a lasting impression. "I would have never imag- ined I would have to see someone die in front of me," she said. "This is something that I don't wish upon any- one and don't want to ex- perience anything like this again." 'Tin still trying to forget (the accident)," said Toledo. "It was so crazy. It is hard to deal with that." Gomez was able to attend Bevill's funeral service and met with his family. "(Gomez) came up to us - she told us who she was," said Clay Bevill, William Bev- ill's son. "She told us that she was sorry for our loss. I told her that I was sorry that she hadto witness his passing. It must have been a traumatic experience." The Bevill family described William as a family man who was an avid wildlife conser- vationist, outdoorsman and hunter. Gomez continues to grieve alongside not only the Bevill family, but also Wilkerson's family as well. "I just kept thinking of his family who were waiting for him," Gomez said. "I cannot explain my pain, how deeply I feel for the families of both people that passed away. My heartfelt condolences and prayers are with them." Kyle council runoff election in June Kyle council members canvassed the May 11 election results Tuesday night that saw a $36 million road bond gain voter approval handily and the District 3 council seat race remain without a victor. Not one of the candidates - Chad Benninghoff, Joe Bacon and Bill Sinor- for the council seat received a majority of the vote, therefore a runoff election between Benninghoff and Bacon, the top two vote getters, scheduled for June 1, will decide who the new council member will be. Benninghoff received 324 votes (45.89 percent), Bacon brought in 298 votes (42.21) and Sinor took in 84 votes (11.90 percent). In order for a candidate to take office, they have to receive 50 percent plus one vote. Council members set June i as the runoff election date, with early voting scheduled to begin Monday, May 20, and run through Tuesday, May 28. New medical clinic opens in Luling The new Seton Luling Family Medicine Clinic officially opens at 10 a.m.Wednesday, May 15, on the campus of Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital to serve the community and surrounding areas in Caldweli and neighboring counties. It offers adults and children primary family care; physical exams; sports exams; well-woman annual exams; diabetes care and prevention; blood pressure and cholesterol management; and disease management. Clinic operations will be led by Mara Tittler, an advanced practice nurse who will be working with Seton doctors. Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital is the only general acute care hospital in Caldwell County, offering 24-hour emergency care, comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services, health education and wellness programs. The family clinic is open 8 a.m. - noon and 2 - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 130 Hays Street, Suite B, in Luling. Kyle Election Continued from pg. 1A The key to buying life insurance is working with people you trust, a company you know, and getting a plan that meets your needs. That's why Germania Life is the right choice. We offer a wide variety of policies, flexible terms and range of premium options. And because we only insure Texans, your local Germania agent knows how Texans live. Contact your local Germania agent to help develop a plan that's right for this stage of your life - and beyond. Find out why, for over 115 years, Germania has been The Insurance Texans Trust." Hays Insurance 512-262-3388 (Buda) Dale Posey 512-398-5948 (Kyle) on a roadside in Kyle about two weeks ago, said the personal familytragedymight have played a role in not winning Saturday's election. "I think - with my brother's (Phillip Duran) death about two weeks ago, and how I found him and dealing with the police folks, and the grieving process - I have not been able to execute the plan I had in place for the last two weeks of the election," Banning- hoffsaid. Duran, whose body was found by Benninghoff near the inter- section of FM 1626 and Kohler's Crossing on April 28, is believed to have been struck in an ap- parent auto-pedestrian acci- dent. Police have not arrested or charged anyone in the case, but authorities have identified and questioned a person-of-interest, and are continuing their investi- gation. "Had the events been differ- ently these past two weeks, I think I would have been able to win (the election) just outright," Benninghoff said, adding that planned campaign efforts were derailed in the days leading up to the election as he has been "emotionally drained and tired." But, despite perhaps not per- forming his personal best, Ben- nlnghoff said his team of family, Mends and organizations that he is involved with have provided "help, support and guidance" in moving his campaign forward. Bacon, whose showing in the election makes him a contender in the runoff, said he is "very pleased" to be a part of the up- coming June 1 election that will finish the race for the District 3 Kyle Council seat. "We felt from the" beginning with three candidates that a ran- off was possible. Therefore, we have had a plan in place for a "1 do believe that having such a close general election shows that there are two clearly different candidates. It is great to see two very passionate groups out helping their candidate..." -Joe Bacon, Kyle City Council candidate in the run-off election mnoffso our stride won't change for the community." a bit," Bacon said. Kyle voters were determined Campaign volunteers and to see road infrastructure im- supporters "who are very much provements as they compel- committed to see this through lingly voted in favor of the road June 1" have been calling and bond in Saturday's election. The emailing~ wanting to know how $36 million road bond set to re- they can help Bacon's continued construct Bunton Creek, Burle- election efforts and he said he's son, Goforth and Lehman roads, thankflfl for them and will take and extend Marketplace Avenue, them up on their offers, took in 560 favorable votes (69.74 "I do believe that having such percent), compared to 243 votes a close general election shows (30.26 percent)in opposition. that there are two clearly differ- Opponents of the road bond ent candidates," Bacon said."It is took issue with the potential 21- great to see two very passionate cent increase in property taxes, groups out helping their candi- meanwhile supporters claimed dateandlknowwithallcertainty the 21-cent increase would that no matter the outcome, the only hold tree if there was zero city will support the victor with growth in the Kyle over the next all the respect that is earned 20years. through this public process." Kyle's annually certified tax- Sinor did not return a request able propertyvaluations have in- for comment, creased on an average 3.7 percent "This is the democratic pro- over the last four years and sales cess," Benninghoff said. "Ev- taxcollectionshaveincreasedon eryone put a lot of work, time, an average 12.4 percent annually money, their families put in time, over the same period, according everyone who was involved with to city documents. the entire democratic process - Given those statistics, sup- the folks that came out and vot- porters of the road bond af- ed, my opponents, their family, firmed there would be a mini- their friends - I congratulate ev- mal tax increase, or perhaps no eryone for getting out there and increase, if Kyle's growth pattern doing some work for trying to be over the last four years remained in a position to do good things true in the future. 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