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16-year-old killed in crash on Hwy. 146 south of Livingston

Polk County Enterprise

LIVINGSTON — Leggett High School senior Amber Gay, 16, was killed in a head-on collision at 3:25 p.m. Wednesday when the 1998 Honda Accord she was driving collided with a 2004 Dodge Durango near Tram Road, five miles south of Livingston, according to preliminary reports from the Texas Highway Patrol. She was pronounced dead at the scene by Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Larry Whitworth. Her 11-year-old brother, James R. Gay, was a passenger in the Honda. He was flown to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston where he was later reported in stable condition, according to Trooper Chris Stanberry. The Accord was southbound when witnesses saw the driver pass another vehicle in a no-passing zone and strike the Durango head-on. Gary Paul Criswell, 40, of Thicket, was driving the Dodge. He was also taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston by helicopter and was reported in stable condition with broken bones. Funeral services for Amber Gay will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 10 at the First United Pentecostal Church in Livingston. She is the daughter of Krystal Tinker and James Gay, who is a member of the U.S. Army currently stationed at Fort Polk in Louisiana. Amber loved riding horses and barrel racing. She participated in the Trinity-Neches Rodeo for three years and participated in the NBHA Youth World Championships for Barrel Racing in 2004. DPS troopers also investigated a fatal crash that occurred March 28. One person was killed and another injured after a car struck a cow on FM 1988, just west of Mt. Rose Church, DPS reports show. Kelli Michelle Cain, 21, of Livingston, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred at 8:17 p.m. Cain was driving a 1999 Dodge Intrepid eastbound, when it struck the cow. The impact disabled the car and its left headlight and the car rolled into the westbound lane, according to Trooper Ramey Bass. Ricky Lynn Malcom Jr., 32, of Livingston, was driving a 2004 pickup truck westbound. He told Bass that he could see one headlight as he came around a curve and thought it was a motorcycle. His pickup truck hit the left front of Cain’s car. The pickup truck then struck a concrete guardrail, vaulted over the rail and landed on its roof in a creek bed. Cain’s body was transported to Cochran Funeral Home. Malcom, listed with non-incapacitating injuries, was taken by ambulance to the Livingston hospital. No charges have been filed. Two people were injured in a two-car collision at 9:50 p.m. Friday on FM 350 South. A 1999 Chrysler Concorde, driven by 28-year-old Shane Amir Ghaemmaghami of Livingston, was northbound and slowed to turn left into a private drive, according to Trooper Robert Akers. As it turned, it was struck by a 2000 Hyundai Sonota that was attempting to pass, the investigation showed. The driver of the Hyundai, 33-year-old Tameshia Rae Robinson, of Lufkin, was ticketed for failure to pass to the left safely, no child safety seat, driving while license invalid and no insurance. Both drivers were listed as uninjured, but two passengers in Robinson’s car, Ashley Nichole Dunn, 25 and an 11-year-old girl, were transported by ambulance to the Livingston hospital with nonincapacitating injuries. Also investigated was a two-vehicle accident at 4:12 p.m. March 23 on FM 350, just north of Pridgen Road. A 2001 Ford pickup truck driven by Betty Turner Smith, 71, of Livingston, had stopped for a flagman holding a stop sign in a construction area. A 1997 Ford Escort driven by Olen Joseph Pool, 21, of Livingston, failed to control speed and struck the rear of Smith’s pickup truck, according to Bass. Smith, listed with non-incapacitating injuries, was taken by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center in Livingston. Pool, cited for failure to control speed, was listed as uninjured.


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