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Monday, June 14, 2004

Accident occurred Friday took three lives

An accident that occurred last Friday morning took the lives of three individuals traveling through Reeves County.

The fatality occurred Friday, June 11, at 10 a.m., 14 miles north of Pecos on U.S. 285. The vehicle, a 1995 Chevrolet Van, was traveling northbound on U.S. 285, when there was a distraction in the vehicle.

This caused the driver, Rhonda Joy Fraser, 37, an account representative from Beaverton, Ohio, to drift to the left.

She then overcorrected to the right and then to the left, causing the vehicle to enter into a left broadside skid. The vehicle then began to roll to the right two and half times, coming to rest upside down in west bar ditch facing south.

Three individuals including the driver, were pronounced dead at the scene at 11 a.m., by Justice of the Peace Lamberto Herrera.

Killed in the accident were: Fraser, Joyce Yoshimi Fraser, 62, a missionary from Aloha, Oregon and Denise Marie Hiller, 43, an account representative from Beaverton, Ohio. One other individual in the vehicle, Lloyd Arnold Fraser, 62, retired of Aloha, Oregon, was treated and released at Reeves County Hospital.

Next of kin was notified and all the bodies were taken to Peaceful Garden Funeral Home in Pecos.

The accident was investigated by Trooper Richard Crum.

Construction project should be finished by early August

The Texas Department of Transportation plans to place a new surface on nearly nine miles of Interstate 10 east of Balmorhea in southern Reeves County, according to a TxDOT official in Fort Stockton. The work will start Monday, June 21, and should be finished by the end of the first week in August.

Mohammad Moabed, the TxDOT engineer overseeing the construction work, said the construction activity will be between the State Highway 17 interchange near Balmorhea and the TxDOT-maintained rest areas.

The work will be performed by Jones Bros. Dirt & Paving Contractors, Inc., of Odessa at a cost of $1,779,316.98.

ôSome lanes will be closed while work is going on, but there will always be a lane open each direction and every possible effort will be made to keep our interstate traffic moving smoothly," said Moabed.

Portions of the roadway - in areas where construction is underway -- will be blocked off during the day. All lanes will be open after dark.

Motorists are urged to observe warning signs and the advisory speed limits posted for the duration of the project. State law doubles traffic fines for violations that occur in construction work zones when highway crews are working.

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