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12/3/04

Three Denver City Teachers Die in Morning Crash

The community of Denver City is mourning the loss of three elementary school teachers. The women were on their way to Lubbock for a teacher's workshop when they were hit by a semi-truck. It happened just before 8 a.m. in Yoakum County, at the intersections of Farm-to-Market roads 213 and 1780.

DPS troopers say the driver of an 18-wheeler was northbound on 1780, when he ran a stop sign at that intersection.. 37-year-old Marina Natividad, 47-year-old Rosie Garza, and 29-year-old Veronica Flores were killed.

The driver of the 18-wheeler, 48-year-old Guadalupe Sota Medina was not injured.

The accident has left the small community of Denver City in shock. A man of God even has a hard time finding the words to describe how he feels. Father Joe Augustin of St. Williams Catholic Church in Denver City knew Natividad and Flores. They attended his church. "Both are school teachers. They were very active in the church. They did a lot of good works down here. We are really going to miss them," he said.

Natividad and Flores along with Garza were killed while heading to Lubbock for a teacher's workshop. The three women were riding in a mini van when they were broad sided by a semi-truck.

DPS officers say the truck driver ran a stop sign at a county road intersection in Yoakum County, smashing into the passenger side of van. DPS say all women were pronounced dead at the scene. The three women taught school at Kelley Elementary. School counselors say it was a difficult day for those students. Father Joe has been consoling the families and he too says it's been difficult. "Since you know them, it's hard," he said.

The families are making funeral arrangements. Meanwhile, the Yoakum County District Attorney says he has not filed any charges against the truck driver at this time.

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