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Karnes City man says he was texting just before collision
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Trooper Marvin Baker paces off an accident scene on U.S. Highway 181 north of Beeville Monday afternoon. The southbound Dodge pickup on the left of the photo struck a glancing blow off the semi-tanker rig, shown in the photo on the left. The driver said he was texting on his cellular phone when he looked up to see he had veered into the northbound lane and was about to collide head-on with the 18-wheeler.
Gary Kent photo Trooper Marvin Baker paces off an accident scene on U.S. Highway 181 north of Beeville Monday afternoon. The southbound Dodge pickup on the left of the photo struck a glancing blow off the semi-tanker rig, shown in the photo on the left. The driver said he was texting on his cellular phone when he looked up to see he had veered into the northbound lane and was about to collide head-on with the 18-wheeler.
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BEEVILLE — A 21-year-old Karnes City man was flown to Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital in Corpus Christi Monday following a two-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 181.

According to a report filed by Highway Patrol Trooper Marvin Baker, Clint Kunchik of Karnes City was southbound on U.S. 181 about a mile north of the Highway 181 Business Route just before 3 p.m. when the accident occurred.

A witness who stopped to render aid said the driver sustained a head injury when his 1997 Dodge Ram pickup glanced off the side of a northbound 2002 Peterbilt tanker truck.

“He admitted he was texting,” the witness said. “He said he looked up and realized he had veered off into oncoming traffic.”

The driver of the 18-wheeler, 41-year-old Duain Snider of Louisiana, was not injured. However, the impact with the pickup knocked two tires off the tanker trailer Snider was pulling at the time.

Kunschik was rushed to Christus Spohn Hospital Beeville by EMS personnel working for Angel Care Ambulance Service before being transferred by a HALO-Flight helicopter to the Corpus Christi hospital.

According to Baker’s report, Kunschik was not seriously injured.

Baker reported that Kunschik was being cited for driving in the left lane without passing.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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