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June 10, 2014

Alcohol a possible wreck factor

By TODD GLASSCOCK

Alcohol may have contributed to a crash that sent a woman to the hospital with minor injuries in one of several wrecks Mineral Wells police and the Texas Department of Public Safety investigated this past weekend.

Lucie Valtier, 76, was transported to Palo Pinto General Hospital with minor injuries after her Chevy Suburban struck a Nissan Pathfinder at the intersection of the 600 block of S.E. 15th Street and the 1500 block of S.E. 6th Avenue, a police report states.

Valtier was headed south on 6th Avenue around 8:20 p.m. Saturday when the Pathfinder, heading east on 15th Street, entered the intersection, causing the Suburban to collide into the front end of the Pathfinder, according to the report.

The driver of the Pathfinder, a minor, the report states, said she had been stopped at the stop sign before proceeding into the intersection and didn’t look far enough to see the Suburban.

The Pathfinder’s driver was taken into custody by a DPS trooper on the scene on suspicion of a minor driving under the influence, the report states. The driver was cited for DUI, but a field sobriety test determined she was not intoxicated.

Mineral Wells police cited a passenger in the Pathfinder with minor in consumption of alcohol and minor in possession of alcohol, the report states.

Police also investigated a Saturday crash involving a young bicyclist.

A 7-year-old boy was struck by a Toyota Prius while riding his bicycle and reportedly failing to stop at a stop sign at the intersection in the 300 block of N.W. 4th Avenue and the 400 block of N.W. 3rd Street, the police report states.

Witnesses at the scene told police the crash was unavoidable, said police spokesman Randy Wright. The Prius’ driver reported the collision to the police, he said. He told police he visited with the boy’s mother, who said she would have the boy checked out at a hospital. Injuries, if any, were not known.

No citations were given at the scene, the police report states.

Police also reported a wreck early Sunday morning in the 100 block of West Hubbard Street but full details were not available Tuesday.

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