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February 2, 2014

Be cautious at high speed site

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — One driver’s failure to obey a traffic light at a Pauls Valley intersection earlier this week has authorities quick to remind the public to be extra cautious at that same site.

PV police officials say a three-vehicle pileup came Tuesday evening, Jan. 28 when one motorist drove his Dodge pickup through a red light at the well traveled intersection of West Grant Avenue, also known as state Highway 19, and Indian Meridian Road on the western side of town.

Fortunately the only injuries reported, which included a young girl, were not serious.

Still, Derrick Jolley, PV’s assistant police chief, wants the public to be very cautious while traveling through that intersection. It’s a place where he’s seen more accidents over the years than you might think.

“My advice to drivers is to scan that intersection when you approach it,” Jolley said. “Be extra cautious because it’s a higher speed intersection.

“Just because you have the green light doesn’t mean someone coming from another direction is going to stop.

“Be alert, be looking.”

A traffic accident report shows the first vehicle, a Dodge pickup driven by James Rowe, 80, of Wynnewood, was traveling eastbound on Grant.

At the same time a second vehicle, a Chevrolet pickup by Burt Lee Hall, 53, of PV, was going southbound on Indian Meridian.

Riding along inside was 7-year-old Ashlynn Nicole Hall.

A third vehicle was a Nissan sedan driven by Kendra Rae Howle, 30, of PV. A passenger in the car was Jeffrey Sivil, 36, of Houston, Texas.

This third car, after traveling northbound on Indian Meridian, then stopped at the intersection to turn left onto Grant.

The report shows the truck driven by Rowe then failed to stop at the red light as it struck the other pickup as it traveled through the intersection.

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