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7 people hospitalized after crashes
Polk County Enterprise - August 2008

LIVINGSTON – Weekend traffi c accidents sent seven people to area hospitals, according to Texas Highway Patrol reports. David J. Michael, 51, of Livingston was injured after losing control of the 2001 Harley- Davidson motorcycle he was driving on FM 3277, 11.5 miles west of Livingston, shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday. Michael was southbound when the motorcycle left the roadway to the right and the front tire caught some loose gravel on the side of the road, according to Trooper Sammy Lattner.

The vehicle went into a ditch and the driver was ejected. Michael, listed with incapacitating injuries, was transported by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center – Livingston. He was cited for failure to drive in a single lane. Also investigated Sunday was a one-vehicle accident at 7:05 p.m. on Corrigan Heights Road, 1.7 miles east of Corrigan. A 2003 Dodge Durango driven by Felix Lopez, 43, of Corrigan was southbound when it left the road and struck a tree, coming to rest in a ditch. According to Trooper Brent Murray, the driver fl ed the scene but was later located at a relative’s house in the neighborhood. Lopez was later taken by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center in Lufkin. Two passengers in the vehicle were listed with incapacitating injuries.

Michael Lopez, 17, was transported by medical helicopter to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler and 41-year-old Richard Mitchell was taken by ambulance to the Lufkin hospital. The driver was charged with unsafe speed, failure to maintain fi nancial responsibility and failure to stop and render aid. A 28-year-old Livingston woman was injured when the 2005 Infi nity she was driving ran off Loop 116, just southeast of New Willard, at 9:36 p.m. Sunday. Twyla Francine Kimberlin apparently fell asleep while driving, according to Trooper Brent Henry.

The northbound vehicle drifted off the road to the left, entered a ditch, hit a driveway culvert, became airborne and hit another driveway, the investigation showed. The car then swerved back onto the highway and slid and spun around, coming to rest in the southbound lane. Kimberlin, listed with possible injuries, was taken by ambulance to the Livingston hospital. She was cited for operating an unregistered motor vehicle. Two people were listed as injured in a one-vehicle accident at 9:50 p.m. Saturday on Yarborough Loop, 6.7 miles west of Livingston.

Patricia C. Lee, 59, of Livingston was driving a 2007 Ford Edge eastbound when she apparently blacked out, the driver told Trooper Robert Akers. The car ran off the south side of the road, struck a private drive and overturned, coming to rest upside down in the middle of the road, Akers said. Lee and an 8-year-old passenger in the car were listed with non-incapacitating injuries and were taken by ambulance to the Livingston hospital. The driver was ticketed for failure to maintain fi nancial responsibility. Two people were listed as having possible injuries following an accident at 12:33 a.m. Monday on FM 3126, 6.4 miles west of Livingston. A 1995 Volkswagen Jetta driven by James B. Hartin, 27, of truck that was southbound in the wrong lane, according to Lattner. Hartin took evasive action to avoid hitting the pickup and the Volkswagen flipped one time, coming to rest facing southbound. Hartin and a passenger, 29-yearold Jo J. Rivera of Edna, were both taken by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center – Livingston. Hartin was cited for failure to maintain financial responsibility.

LIVINGSTON — Trustees for the Livingston Independent School District approved an order Monday for $53.5 million in school building bonds series 2008 be sold to fund a new high school campus. The board also approved several actions in preparation for the 2008- 09 school year. Trustees approved four concurrent enrollment classes through Angelina College that would be available in the Health Sciences curriculum. These classes will add to the list of basic college classes available to high school juniors and seniors. Superintendent Dr. Darrell Myers and board member Mike Nettles have both identifi ed coursework that makes students eligible for jobs immediately after high school that will pay a living wage. “Not everyone has the resources to go to college, or pursue a career that requires a four-year college education,” Nettles said. “But we need to make them ready for a career path they can pursue and be successful adults.” The board tabled action on the EdOptions program for student to recover credits needed to graduate with their class. The board chose Henry Ager to represent them at the 2008 Texas Association of School Boards convention and Nettles as alternate. Board Secretary Ben R. Ogletree III was sworn in for another term Monday, since he could not attend the June meeting. Bea Ellis will serve as board president, Henry Ager as vice president. The Livingston ISD sign currently located outside the Pine Ridge Elementary campus will be relocated, the board decided. Board members also tabled a decision on going out for bids to construct or purchase restrooms for the LISD football stadium. Trustees also approved the salary schedule for the upcoming school year. Beginning teachers with a bachelor’s degree and no experience will start at $33,600 a year, with $500 increases for each year of creditable service. The stipend schedule was also approved the provides additional pay for duties such as coaching, obtaining advanced degrees or teaching courses in highly advanced or technical subject areas. Each of the substitute teacher scales were raised $5. Following a closed executive session the board tabled the purchase of real property. Trustees approved bids for the upcoming year for prepared pizza, milk, ice cream, bread and snacks, groceries, frozen food and paper products during Monday’s meeting. Dr. Myers reported to the board on his review of various bids for insurance as requested by board members. Board members also received copies of the student code of


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