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Pedestrian dies after being hit by two vehicles Sunday
Polk County Enterprise
LIVINGSTON – Investi– gation is continuing into the death of a Livingston man who was struck by two vehicles early Sunday on U.S. 190, just east of Livingston. Patrick Lee Wiggins, 22, was walking eastbound on U.S. 190 in the outside lane at approximately 2:15 a.m. when he was stuck by an unidentified vehicle, according to Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Darwon Evans. The vehicle fled, leaving Wiggins lying in the highway, he said. A second vehicle then struck Wiggins, initially stopped, but then left the scene without providing any information, according to the trooper. Wiggins was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was taken to Cochran Funeral Home. Also investigated early Sunday was a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 59 near Goodrich. A 2003 Toyota Corolla driven by Sidney W. Souza, 21, of Phoenix, Ariz., was southbound in the northbound inside lane and struck a northbound 2006 Ford pickup truck driven by Natasha Renee Green, 27, of Houston, according to Evans. Souza, who was listed as uninjured, was charged with driving on the wrong side of the divided highway. Green and two passengers in her vehicle were listed with non-incapacitating injuries and were transported by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center in Livingston. The accident occurred at 12:25 a.m. Deer were blamed for two other injury accidents. The first occurred at 10:15 p.m. Friday on FM 350, 2.6 miles north of U.S. 190. Darryl Scott Matthews, 40, of Livingston was driving a 2003 Chevrolet pickup truck northbound. He told Trooper David Morris that a deer ran out in front of his truck. Morris took evasive action to the right, overcorrected to the left and the truck crossed the southbound lanes and went into a ditch, the trooper said. The pickup struck a culvert and flipped onto its passenger side. Matthews, listed with incapacitating injuries, was taken by ambulance to the Livingston hospital. The second deer-related accident occurred at 8:10 p.m. Saturday on FM 350, 2.3 miles north of U.S. 190. A 2008 Toyota Sienna driven by Darth Ray Battise, 32, of Livingston was northbound when it struck a deer crossing the roadway, according to Morris. Battise was listed as uninjured. A passenger, 31-yearold Amy Marie Hensarling, was listed with possible injuries and was transported to a doctor by private vehicle.