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3 seriously injured in two-car crash near Soda
Polk County Enterprise - August 2008

LIVINGSTON – Four people, including two children, were seriously injured Thursday in a two-car accident on U.S. 190, 4.6 miles east of Livingston. A 2003 Dodge Neon driven by Heidi Y. Natali, 27, of Livingston was westbound and crossed into the westbound lanes, where it collided with an eastbound 2005 Toyota Camry driven by Sandra L. Smith, 55, of Livingston, according to Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Sammy Lattner. Both drivers were transported by medical helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Hospital offi cials listed them in “fair” condition as of Saturday morning. Also injured were two children in Natali’s car. Four-year-old Trinton Natali was taken by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center – Livingston, and 15-month-old Tyler Natali, was transported to Memorial Hermann by helicopter as a precaution. All were listed in the trooper’s report as having sustained incapacitating injuries. “The 4-year-old didn’t even have any visible bruises (at the time of the crash),” Lattner said. Natali has been charged with unsafe speed and failure to maintain fi - nancial responsibility in connection with the accident, which occurred at 11:50 a.m. At the crash scene Firefi ghter Ben Ogletree III said the fact that both children had been secured in safety seats had prevented a tragic outcome from the crash. While scrambling to free both drivers from the wreckage during the rain and begin efforts to stablize their medical condition, Ogletree said the two children were being cared for by a family friend parked near the scene of the crash.

Also investigated Thursday was a one-vehicle accident at 3 p.m. on U.S. 59 in Goodrich. A 2003 Ford truck driven by Michael W. Wells, 33, of Onalaska was southbound when it went off the road to the left, traveled into the median and rolled, coming to rest upright, according to Trooper Glen Goodwin. Wells, listed with non-incapacitating injuries, was taken by ambulance to the Livingston hospital. No charges were filed. The trooper noted that there have been several auto crashes in the same area this month. Local troopers investigated two injury accidents on Tuesday. A 2001 Hyundai driven by Jessica Marie Gesford, 21, of Livingston was westbound on FM 1988, 3.7 miles west of Goodrich, when the driver apparently oversteered to the left while rounding a left-hand curve, according to Trooper Brent Henry. The car slid into a ditch and hit a tree and fence before coming to rest upright, he indicated. Gesford was cited for first offense DWI, unsafe speed and failure to maintain financial responsibility. The accident occurred at 8 p.m. Also investigated Tuesday was a one-vehicle accident at 4:05 a.m. on Hwy. 146, 4.9 miles south of Livingston. A 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Dana Harris, 38, of New Caney was northbound when it struck a deer in the road, according to Trooper David Morris. The pickup left the road to the left and struck a tree. Harris, who was ticketed for no driver’s license, was listed with possible injuries but declined medical treatment at the scene.


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