Hit-and-run death in Tanglewood

Area records second roadway fatality in 5 days

It’s been a tragic week on area highways.

A 55-year-old Tanglewood woman died early Tuesday near that Lee County community when she was struck by what was apparently an 18-wheeler while trying to assist a motorist at the side of US 77.

Five days previously, a 28-year-old nurse from College Station died in a two-vehicle collision on a farm-market road northeast of Cameron, Milam County’s first road fatality of 2013.

TANGLEWOOD—Alena Suzanne “Susie” Woelfel died in the Tuesday incident, which was reported in a 911 call to the Rockdale Police Department at 2:36 a.m. by her husband, Ronnie.

Lee County DPS Sgt. Richard Krenek and Corp. Jeremy Weiser, who investigated, said the Woelfels had parked their car on the highway’s northbound shoulder behind another vehicle.

Mrs. Woelfel was a paramedic.

“Mrs. Woelfel was standing beside her vehicle in the northbound outside lane,” the troopers said. “She was talking with the passenger of the other vehicle.”

Krenek and Weiser said Mrs. Woelfel was struck by an unknown vehicle which kept driving, failing to stop and render aid. The victim came to rest face down in the northbound outside lane, the troopers said.

Krenek and Weiser said a witness told them an 18-wheeler was passing at the time of the crash.

“That vehicle was never located,” the troopers said.

The Woelfel home is on County Road 420 in Tanglewood.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Satutrday at Tanglewood Baptist Church. See obituary, page 6A.

FIRST DEATH— Mi lam County State Trooper Jason Adams said the county’s first fatality of 2013 was reported at 7:25 a.m. Thursday on FM 485 northeast of Cameron.

He said a 2012 Toyota Prius, driven by Dr. Allan Nickel, 53, of Temple, was in collision with a 2007 Toyota Yaris operated by Kirsten Salerno, 28 of College Station.

Adams said the Prius was eastbound and the Yaris westbound.

Salerno was pronounced dead by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Sam Berry of Cameron.

Both vehicles were totaled, according to the DPS.

Dr. Nickel was transported to Scott & White Hospital in Temple.

Salerno was the wife of A&M Consolidated soccer coach Stefano Salerno.

The Salernos are natives of Malta, an island nation in the Mediterranean Sea.

Members of the A&M Consolidated soccer team raised funds to allow family members of the couple to travel to Texas for the funeral.

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