Sun poisoning, barbecue trips result in three-car accident outside Tobin Lofts

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A three-car accident took place shortly after 2 p.m. today north of Tobin Lofts at North Main and Evergreen. Photography sophomore Heather Roberts said she was tired and “zoned out” while driving, which she believed resulted in her driving through a light and her green Ford Expedition colliding with two other vehicles. Roberts' airbags deployed and the front of her car and driver’s-side door were smashed. Roberts sustained injury to her left wrist, but no major injuries occurred. The other people involved were Alejandro Paiz in a black Acura and Ernestine Gutierrez and Rene Alvarado in a red Ford Expedition. Photo by Alison Graef

A three-car accident took place shortly after 2 p.m. today north of Tobin Lofts at North Main and Evergreen. Photography sophomore Heather Roberts said she was tired and “zoned out” while driving, which she believed resulted in her driving through a light and her green Ford Expedition colliding with two other vehicles. Roberts’ airbags deployed and the front of her car and driver’s-side door were smashed. Roberts sustained injury to her left wrist, but no major injuries occurred. The other people involved were Alejandro Paiz in a black Acura and Ernestine Gutierrez and Rene Alvarado in a red Ford Expedition. Photo by Alison Graef

Student blames crash on exhaustion, holiday weekend sun exposure.

By Michelle Delgado

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

A three-way collision occurred at 2:09 p.m. at of North Main Avenue and East Evergreen Street outside Tobin Lofts.

Alejandro Paiz was in a black Acura sedan going west on Evergreen to Bill Miller Bar-B-Q when he was hit by a green Ford Expedition driven by photography sophomore Heather Roberts heading south on Main.

Ernestine Gutierrez and Rene Alvarado were at a red light waiting to turn left in a red Ford Expedition after a trip from the same Bill Miller Bar-B-Q.

“Bill Miller was the true evil today,” Alvarado said, joking.

Gutierrez and Alvarado were only three blocks away from home when the accident occurred.

Roberts said she had just gotten out of class when she crashed her green Ford Expedition into the black Acura and sideswiped the red Expedition.

“It was a long Labor Day weekend, I got sun poisoning, I’m exhausted and I crashed into two cars,” Roberts said, admitting she ran a red light.

Gutierrez said drivers should be cautious and pay attention to signals.

“People need to slow down and pay attention to their surroundings; there are lights everywhere. Red means stop; green means go. It’s simple,” Gutierrez said.

She and Alvarado were able to drive their Ford Expedition away from the scene.

Paiz said the accident affected his right axle and he could not drive the car. Both his vehicle and Roberts’ vehicle were towed from the scene.

Alvarado, Gutierrez or Paiz did not report being injured. Roberts told a Ranger photographer her left wrist was swollen.

A San Antonio Police officer declined to comment at the scene and could not be reached by phone.

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