Crash victims airlifted to hospital

by Dave Cadriel, Editor

Corporal Richard Alvarez of the Texas Department of Public Safety said failure to control speed was the contributing factor in a car accident last Thursday in Sattler.

According to Alvarez a white Volvo driven by Joseph D. Groover, Jr. of San Marcos was traveling eastbound on FM 2673 through Sattler at a high rate of speed. As the Volvo traveled through the intersection at River Road, it came upon another car making a right-hand turn. Because of the high rate of speed, the Volvo did not have time to brake and instead veered to the left to avoid rear-ending the vehicle. This caused the Volvo to lose control and cut across the highway into the path of a pick-up truck driven by Jimmy Hyatt of Canyon Lake.

The passenger side of the Volvo took the brunt of the impact and emergency personnel had to cut off the top of the Volvo to get to the victims.

Joseph D. Groover, Sr., also of San Marcos, was sitting in front passenger's seat, and Michelle Gullett of Canyon Lake was sitting in the back. They both were airlifted to University Hospital.

At press time, Gullett was said to be in critical condition and Groover, Sr. had died as a result of injuries sustained from the accident.

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