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2012-05-17

Unexpected delivery for Medina Post Office

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Mailboxes on the sides of farm market roads in Bandera County are routinely crunched and knocked asunder by out-of-control vehicles. However, no one expected the Medina Post Office on Highway 16 North to be subjected to the same fate.

On Friday, May 11, at approximately 3 pm, Victoria Waltz, 23, lost control of her 2001 Dodge Ram pickup truck, crashing into the side of the post office running along Parker Street.
Muhir Abdul-Razik, 27, was riding in the passenger seat and Waltz's 3-year-old son and dogs were in the backseat of the extended cab. There were no injuries.

Precinct 3 Constable Don Walters was the first law enforcement officer on the scene. A report from a trooper with the Department of Public Safety noted that Waltz had been traveling north on Highway 16 at what was determined to be an unsafe rate of speed on a wet roadway. After turning east onto Parker Street, she slammed the pickup into the post office wall.

In an interview on Monday, May 14, Walters said, "That cinderblock building took a hard hit. It was just plumb luck that nobody was standing on the other side of the wall where people routinely sort their mail at a table."

However, the post office was closed for the remainder of Friday, as well as Saturday and Sunday to assess any structural damage. "People in Medina were a little upset because they couldn't get their mail," Walters said.

According to Walters, DPS troopers cited Waltz for having no liability insurance and for failure to control her vehicle.