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Monday, October 14, 2002

Speed may be cause of wreck that killed four

AUSTIN (AP) - Investigators believe high speed had a role in a two-car wreck that killed four and injured two.

The incident, which happened late Friday night, was so grisly, one of the cars was torn in half.

The collision is the second four-fatality wreck in Central Texas in two weeks. Speeding also was blamed in a Sept. 29 accident that killed four cousins when their car slammed into a tree in eastern Travis County.

Friday's collision occurred when an Oldsmobile, driven by April Rivera, 20, of Pflugerville, crossed a 6-foot median and hit another vehicle, Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Tela Mange said.

Officials said witnesses saw the Oldsmobile traveling at a high speed in a 45 mph zone. DPS trooper Sandra Adams said it is unknown exactly how fast Rivera was driving.

Rivera and her husband, Antonio Reginald Rivera, 27, were pronounced dead at the scene, as was 75-year-old Joysue Gans McNutt of Bedford.

The fourth victim, 69-year-old Wanda Pinkston Self of Denton, died in surgery Saturday.

Mitchell Self, 49, was listed in good condition Sunday. Sandra Gans Self, 45, was discharged Saturday. Both live in southern Williamson County.

The Riveras were not wearing seat belts, officials said.

The other victims were traveling together, but officials did not know how they were related.

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