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Thornton Man Killed In Accident

Outside of Wortham

An automobile accident in the northwest corner of Freestone County occurred on Friday, October 4, 2013, at 3:50 a.m. taking the life of Jesse Oscar Rieter, 85, of Thornton.

Mr. Rieter was driving a 2003 Lincoln Town Car south on Highway 14. He was less than a mile south of County Road 983, when he lost control of the vehicle and ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree according to DPS Trooper, Dedrick Wimberly. Justice of the Peace Pct 4, Shirley Mays pronounced him deceased at the scene.

There appeared to be no skid marks or any sign of an attempt to avoid the accident according to DPS. An investigation will determine if Mr. Rieter was conscious at the time of the accident.

Jesse Oscar Reiter is the older brother of former Distrtict Judge P.K. Reiter. Funeral arrangements have not been announced at this time.

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