SA cousins killed in weekend crash
By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor
Two cousins from San Antonio were killed in a one-vehicle accident over the weekend, according to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Scott Shinar, who is investigating the accident.
The accident was reported at 7:49 pm, Saturday, June 15. Preliminary reports indicated that the cousins, Christopher Manzello, 22, and Joseph Manzello, 20, had spent the day with a friend, Justin Bustos, 20, at Bandera City Park. The trio was headed back to San Antonio when the accident occurred just past Bandera River Ranch Drive on Highway 16 South.
Bandera County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Matt King said that, according to officers at the scene, Joseph Manzello, driver of the 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe, had apparently driven off the road. King noted that over-correction might have caused the Tahoe to hit a berm created by an older road that parallels Highway 16. According to Shinar, dangerous road conditions did not contribute to the accident. "It was dry and clear," he said. Contributing factors, Shinar added, might include speed and possibly alcohol. "However, we have to wait until we have toxicology results to confirm that."
After responding to the dispatch call, BCSO deputies noted that the Manzello cousins had been thrown out of the vehicle and were unresponsive. Bandera County EMT personnel administered CPR, but neither cousin could be revived. Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Eino Zapata pronounced them dead at the scene.
Bustos was transported to University Hospital in San Antonio with unknown injuries. According to law enforcement reports, he was the only occupant of the Tahoe wearing a seatbelt.
Shinar did not speculate on how long it would take to complete the investigation.