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DPS: Medical issues cause 2 major crashes


LIVINGSTON – A neighbor’s quick action saved a Livingston woman from what would have likely been a fiery death following a one-vehicle accident Monday on Myrow Road, just off Hwy. 146. Janet Lee Parmer, 55, of Livingston had just turned onto Myrow Road when she apparently lost consciousness due to a preexisting medical condition, according to Trooper G. David Flowers. The 2007 Ford F-150 pickup truck she was driving plowed through a fence, struck a gate and traveled into a field, finally coming to rest against a dirt berm. The pickup truck caught fire. Her neighbor, 44-year-old Larry Redden Jr., told some at the scene that he and Parmer often waved to each other as she drove by. He witnessed the accident and ran to help. Unable to open the truck’s door, he broke a window and was able to drag the unconscious woman several dozen yards away only seconds before the vehicle became completely engulfed in flames. Parmer was transported by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center in Livingston and was later transferred by medical helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Parmer’s burning pickup truck was in close proximity to several oil storage tanks and there was some concern about an explosion, but units from Livingston Volunteer Fire Department were able to contain the fire, although the pickup truck was completely destroyed. A game warden, sheriff’s deputies and Americare ambulance personnel also assisted the Texas Highway Patrol at the scene. Flowers said an effort will be made to secure a Department of Pubic Safety commendation for Redden in recognition of his bravery. A Livingston woman was injured Sunday in a twovehicle accident on FM 1276, 1.8 miles south of U.S. 190. A 1998 International utility truck driven by Joseph Lee Gunnels, 28, of Livingston was southbound and slowed to turn right into a private drive. A southbound 2003 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Kenneth Matney, 42, of Livingston failed to control speed and struck the rear of the truck, according to Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Cole. The Suburban began to slide and traveled across the northbound lane into a ditch. A front seat passenger in the Matney vehicle, 40-year-old Kari Lynn Matney, was freed from the wreckage by Livingston Volunteer Fire Department rescue personnel and was transported by ambulance to the Livingston hospital. Four children in the vehicle, ages 6, 12, 13 and 15, were listed as uninjured. Kenneth Mattney was cited for failure to control speed in connection with the accident, which occurred at 1:57 p.m. A charge of DWI with a child passenger has been filed against a woman involved in a one-vehicle accident at 3 a.m. Saturday on FM 2665. A 2004 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Traci Leigh Riggs, 41, of Many, La., was eastbound and failed to negotiate a curve due to unsafe speed, according to Trooper Robert Akers. The truck left the road, struck a cement culvert and overturned, coming to rest upside down. Riggs and two children in the vehicle, ages 4 and 7, were listed as uninjured, but Riggs will face charges.


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