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Two city accidents minutes apart
Halloween brings two bizarre car accidents to downtown Fredericksburg

 A 23-year-old city resident lost control of her vehicle as she allegedly tried to text while traveling on William Street near its intersection with Hanover.
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Date published: 11/1/2011

BY ROBYN SIDERSKY

Fredericksburg didn't make it through Halloween without a couple of bizarre accidents.

Just blocks and minutes from each other, a Jeep rolled on its side in a yard on William Street, and soon after, a city truck drove through the living room of a home on Maury Street.

At noon, a city employee drove a small city dump truck into the side of a house at 634 Maury St., said Fredericksburg police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe.

The 32-year-old driver, whose identity has not been released, was driving on Washington Avenue, she said.

He made a left turn onto Maury Street and sideswiped a pickup truck that was on the left side of the road.

The pickup truck was damaged and had to be towed away.

Then the dump truck hit a Subaru, pushing it over the sidewalk from where it was parked, Bledsoe said. It ended up between a large tree and the dump truck.

The dump truck finally landed in the living room of the house after going through a large window.

The house's owner, Timothy Hall, was not home at the time--only his dog, Maxie, was. Maxie was not injured.

City officials said the house has significant damage and cannot be lived in until it is repaired.

The dump truck's front tires were flat, and the vehicle had to be towed away.

The driver was transported to the hospital, and his condition is unknown.

Two passengers were also in the dump truck and were not injured.

After the accident, police obtained a search warrant, Bledsoe said.

"The warrant was obtained so that the driver's blood may be tested for the presence of narcotics," Bledsoe said.

"At this time it appears that a medical emergency is not to blame for the erratic actions of the driver and the subsequent loss of control of the vehicle," she said.

Police are still investigating the accident.

Doug Fawcett, Fredericksburg's Public Works director, said the city is still gathering information about the accident.

"We're not to the point yet where we are confident we have the answers to all of our questions," he said.

Fawcett said the crew was at the midpoint of their day and had been emptying public trash barrels around the city.

Just before the dump truck crash, there was another accident on William Street.

At 11:20 a.m. Rosemary Miranda, 23, of Fredericksburg lost control of her white Jeep Cherokee and rolled it into the yard of 1505 William St.

She was not injured and the house was not damaged, according to Bledsoe.

The landscaping on the side of the house where the Jeep rolled was not as fortunate.

Miranda was traveling westbound on William Street when she lost control of the vehicle.

Bledsoe said she was charged with reckless driving and texting while driving.

Speed was not a factor in the crash.

Robyn Sidersky 540/374-5413
Email: rsidersky@freelancestar.com