Borderland Saturday, January 12, 2002
Woman injured in accident dies: A 68-year-old woman died early Friday from brain injuries she received in an accident on Thursday in the 1800 block of West Paisano. Gillian Field of the 3200 block of Lebanon, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken to Thomason Hospital after her 1998 Ford Windstar struck a 1994 Aerostar when she tried to make a U-turn into the eastbound lanes of Paisano, police said. The driver of the Aerostar was Arturo Desantiago, 57, of the 400 block of Buena Vista. The accident is still under investigation. The driver and the three passengers of the Aerostar were taken to Sierra Medical Center with minor injuries. This is the fifth traffic death of the year, compared with one during the same period last year. -- Laura Cruz
Borderland Thursday, February 28, 2002
Frequency of accidents in area draws residents', state's attention
Louie Gilot El Paso Times On a little chart taped to her file cabinet, Dorine Brown penned in the latest West Paisano Drive traffic deaths Wednesday morning, adding to a long list of tragedies. It read, "2002, Jan. 3, one man in one-car accident. Jan. 10, nurse, two-car accident. Feb. 7, fender bender. Feb. 26, two or three people taken to the hospital. Feb. 27, five women and one taken to the hospital." "It's a nightmare you have over and over again, except the faces change and the cars change," said Brown, owner of Baca & Brown Factory Direct Cabinets near Paisano Drive. She said she hopes her list will prompt authorities to add a traffic signal. Officials couldn't say whether a traffic signal would have saved the lives of five women who died Wednesday. Police said that since 1998, 14 people have died in car crashes within a half mile of Wednesday's crash. On Jan. 21, 2000, five teens died near the Yandell overpass when their convertible bounced off a concrete retaining wall, crossed the median and smashed into the base of the overpass. The city and the Texas Department of Transportation, prompted by area businesses and the nearby Rescue Mission, have evaluated the stretch of road no fewer than two or three times a year for the past few years. But studies fell short of proving that the area warrants a traffic signal, Transportation Department officials said. The latest study was submitted by the city in January and rejected by the department early this month, said Chuck Berry, district engineer for the department in El Paso. Department officials said none of the 12 requirements for a traffic light, including volume of traffic and pedestrian activity, apply at West Paisano. But the department, which is responsible for Paisano Drive because it is a state highway, lowered the speed limit from 55 mph to 50 mph in January 1999 and installed a flashing yellow caution light at Ruhlen Court and Paisano Drive last year. For a year, the department also worked on a project to install a 3-mile-long concrete barrier on the median from the Union Depot Downtown to Executive Center Boulevard. Construction on the $2.7 million project is expected to begin this summer, Berry said. Department officials undertook the project after Police Chief Carlos Leon wrote a letter to them Dec. 26, 2000, recommending the construction of the barrier because 10 of 15 deaths between the 1500 block and the 2200 block of West Paisano Drive involved a vehicle crossing the median into oncoming traffic.
GILLIAN "JILL" FIELD, 68, passed away on Friday, January 11, 2002. Jill was born and raised in England and was a resident of El Paso since the early 1960's. She received her Nursing Degree in England. She practiced nursing at various hospitals before finding her home with Providence Memorial Hospital with over 30 years of service. Jill provided first aid services for countless special events. She established her own business, Proaction, which provides convienent mobile health services for the community to include migrant health care and was awarded several grants for various community health projects. She was responsible for introducing advanced cardiac life support to El Paso. She was a lifelong member of the American Heart Association, past president and held several other offices with the Five Points Lion's Club, and the Health Organization Network. Ms. Field taught countless classes in ACLS and CPR and taught EKG and critical care courses at El Paso Community College. Preceded in death by her parents, and brother, John Field of England. Survived by her daughter, Amanda and son-in-law, Shawn; grandson, Kalil; niece, Joanna; her very dear friend, Andrea, and numerous friends and colleagues. Memorial service will be Wednesday, January 16, 2002 at 12:00 noon at Martin Funeral Home-Central. Memorial contributions may be made to Proaction P.O. Box 3898 El Paso, TX 79923 in "Jill's" memory.