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Page 2A NEWS Hays Free Press May 25, 2016 + The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 122 N. Main St., Buda, TX 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 too! Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 E-mail: news@haysfreepress. com Mail: 113 W. Center Street, Kyle, TX 78640 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. LETTERS 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 csb@ haysfreepress.com. HISTORY Founded April 10, 1903, by Thomas Fletcher Harwell 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. \ an receives BY MOSES LEOS III news@haysfreepress.com A woman was arrested Saturday after authorities allege her reckless driv- ing last August resulted in the death of an out- of-state motorcyclist on Interstate 35. According to a Hays County arrest affidavit, authorities arrested Kelly Lynn Watson, 38, of Round Rock, and charged her with man- slaughter, which is a sec- ond degree felony. Watson was booked and released from the Hays County Jail Satur- day on $50,000 bond. Watson was arrested after Kyle Police con- ducted their investiga- tion into an August 14, 2015 accident that killed James Keith Great, 49, of Tennessee. Kyle Police interviewed nine wit- nesses, with five of them telling police Watson was operating a vehicle "without due regard to the safety of other people on the roadway." The accident hap- pened along the south- bound lanes of 1-35 near mile marker 215 in Kyle. According to witness- es, a gray 2005 Honda Accord, driven by Wat- son, changed lanes or swerved and hit a silver 2013 BMW K1600 motor- cycle operated by Great. Grear lost control of his motorcycle, with the bike hitting the inside concrete retaining wall of the interstate. Grear was thrown from the bike and landed on the northbound side of the interstate. Hays County Precinct No. 2 Justice of the Peace Judge Beth Smith pronounced him dead at the scene. According to the affi- davit, Kelly advised offi- cers that she "wasn't sure what happened" and that she felt her vehicle "16Se control and go to the left." Kelly told offi- cers she was in "stop and go traffic" and avoided hitting a vehicle before swerving into the motor- PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III An accident last August in Kyle on Interstate 35 resulted in the death of an out-of-state motorcyclist, James Keith Grear, 49, of Tennessee. cycle. When ques- tioned at Central Texas Medical Center in San Mar- cos, Kelly WATSON said she was traveling in the left lane at approximately 65 miles per hour. She said a vehicle in front of her moved to the middle lane and she realized she was quickly advancing on motorcycles that were also in the left lane. Watson told officers she moved quickly to the middle lane, but felt herself lose control of the steering wheel. She said the vehicle moved to the left and she was unable to avoid the mo- torcycle. Watson told officers, according to the affidavit, that her tires needed replacing, her front end was out of alignment, and that the "vehicle shakes when it gets above 65 miles per hour." When asked if she was driving recklessly, Kelly said she didn't as she had "plenty of time to get to work" in San Marcos. She told officers she had only taken her prescription ADHD medication earli- er that morning. But several witness accounts, according to the affidavit, said they felt the Honda was "be- ing operated in a reckless manner." One witness told of- ricers they observed the Accord, which they claim passed them at 80 to 90 miles per hour, was "speeding and weaving in and out of traffic, all the way from Austin." Another witness said the erratic movements of the Accord "resembled the driving of someone who realized they need- ed to exit and then jerked the wheel hard to go across the lanes." Another witness said they saw the driver of the Accord have a phone up to her ear. That witness said the Accord cut from the left to the center lane, then went sideways to the right before go- ing back and hitting the motorcycle. That person, who was the first person to get to the Accord, said the driver kept asking for her cell phone, which ap- peared to be on the driv- er's side floorboard. In August 2015, Kyle Police Lt. Andre Marmo- lejo requested a subpoe- na for Watson's medical records for her treatment following the accident. That same month, po- lice received the records, which showed Watson's urinalsys was positive for amphetamines, benzo- diazepines and opiates. But Marmolejo observed no notes of Kelly being in an altered state or im- paired during her treat- ment. Buda Armed Robbery Continued from pg. 1A Drive in Austin, near Lovelace's home, and they conducted a traffic stop. The driver was identified as 28-year-old Eric Hayes, with Lovelace identified as a passenger in the vehicle. Hayes and Lovelace were arrested and taken to the Travis County Jail. Based on the surveillance video, the Buda Police Department was able to match the license plate number to the vehicle stopped by Austin Police. After comparing the surveillance video, it was also determined that Eric PHOTO COURTESY OF HAYS COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT Hayes was the primary suspect in both gas station robberies. Investigations into the crimes are ongoing. A trial date hasn't been set for Hayes. Jackie is a female 4-year-old black mouth cur mix. "Looking for the perfect dog? Well, not to brag too much, but I basically am the spitting image of one! Once I get back into tip-top shape, I'd love to have a hiking or walking buddy! If an already trained, gentle, and sociable gal is your kind of dog, then I can't imagine a better fit than me!" Spitzer is a 4-year-old shorthair solid black male. If you've ever dreamed about having a Panther for a pet but couldn't for practical masons, come meet Spitzer. He is comfortable around respectful dogs but must be the only cat in the home. Give this boy a kingdom and he will grace you with his love and adoration. 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