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Flip flop causes crash, man says
by Gary Kent
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A 36-year-old man was cited for failure to control speed by Beeville Police Department Sgt. Jordan Tindol.
A 36-year-old man was cited for failure to control speed by Beeville Police Department Sgt. Jordan Tindol.
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Water spews from a city fixture and a utility pole lies on the ground after a 1994 Ford pickup hit the two Monday afternoon at the intersection of the 4400 block of North St. Mary’s Street and the 100 block of East Louise Drive.
Water spews from a city fixture and a utility pole lies on the ground after a 1994 Ford pickup hit the two Monday afternoon at the intersection of the 4400 block of North St. Mary’s Street and the 100 block of East Louise Drive.
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Firefighters look at scattered debris following a wreck Monday at the intersection of North St. Mary’s Street and East Louise Drive.
Firefighters look at scattered debris following a wreck Monday at the intersection of North St. Mary’s Street and East Louise Drive.
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BEEVILLE – A 36-year-old man was cited for failure to control speed Monday afternoon after the 1994 Ford pickup he was driving careened through a city water fixture and an American Electric Power utility pole.

Sgt. Jordan Tindol of the Beeville Police Department identified the driver as Billy Jack Haskin of Dallas.

According to the report filed by Tindol, the southbound pickup Haskin was driving collided with the structures as he made a left-hand turn from the 4400 block of North St. Mary’s Street onto the 100 block of East Louise Drive.

Haskin told the officer that a flip-flop sandal he was wearing became caught on the accelerator, and he was unable to reduce his speed while making the turn.

Neither Haskin nor a 15-year-old passenger in the vehicle was injured.

However, a city employee said water and electric service to a nearby apartment complex probably would be interrupted until repairs could be made.

Sgt. John Berry reported that he cited a 23-year-old Dallas man with the same charge, failure to control speed, after an accident Thursday evening.

The officer said Frank Sarpong was driving north in the 2100 block of South Washington Street in a 1998 Honda when he attempted to make a turn onto the 600 block of Reagan Road.

The officer said Sarpong failed to control his speed and collided with the left front of a 2014 Toyota that was stopped at a stop sign at the intersection.

According to the report, Sarpong was not injured.

The Toyota was being driven by a 34-year-old Pettus resident and carried a 25-year-old female passenger.

The driver was not injured, and his passenger suffered only possible injuries.

The impact knocked the Toyota into a 2000 Honda that was stopped behind it on Reagan Road.

The 73-year-old driver of that vehicle, a Beeville man, also was not injured.
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