Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
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
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
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
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
By ROSIE FLORES
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
"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
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
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
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
By JON FULBRIGHT
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
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.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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