The Department of Public Safety sent its traffic accident experts to Beeville on Thursday to reconstruct a deadly collision that killed an elderly Skidmore man on May 29.
“Something is being done; the DPS is investigating,” said Beeville Police Chief Joe Treviño, who escorted the troopers to the site of the fatal accident and to the wrecker company’s property where one of the crushed pickup trucks was towed.
Treviño said the troopers already had a scale drawing of the accident scene, which includes the direction the vehicles were traveling and where they came to rest.
“But they wanted to visit the (site) and see how it looks for themselves,” he explained.
Treviño said this week that his department will send court summonses to the driver and passenger of a 2005 Dodge Ram involved in the fatal accident.
Treviño said they will be cited for violating the state’s seat belt law.
Kyle Gisler, 18, was driving the Dodge pickup truck when it slammed into the driver’s side door of a 2003 Ford Escape driven by Antonio Nuncio of Skidmore.
Nuncio, 72, was killed. His granddaughter, Diana Torres, was injured in the accident.
Neither Gisler nor his passenger, Casey Pargmann, 19, were injured.
Torres was taken to Christus Spohn Hospital Beeville by Angel Care Ambulance Service with pain in her left side.
The tragic accident occurred just after noon in the 1500 block of North Washington Street, according to a police report.
Treviño said Gisler also will receive a summons on a charge of not having a current inspection sticker on his truck.
Police investigators have confiscated the “black box” out of Gisler’s Dodge pickup.
The electronic device may have recorded the speed of the truck at the time of the accident.
Treviño said he asked the DPS to send its traffic accident experts to help in the investigation.
Witnesses said they believed Gisler was speeding at the time of the accident. Witnesses also told police that Nuncio stopped at the stop sign at the intersection but then drove into the thoroughfare and into the path of the pickup, Treviño reported.
“Additional charges could be filed depending on the outcome of the investigation,” Treviño said. Bee-Picayune staff writer Gary Kent contributed to this story.