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DPS, LPD seeing increase in serious vehicle crashes
Polk County Enterprise - January 2009
LIVINGSTON – One person was transported by helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston following a two-vehicle collision at 12:10 a.m. Saturday on FM 2457, 3.9 miles west of Livingston. A 1994 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Jason L. Miller, 28, of Alto and a 1993 Dodge pickup truck driven by Gwendon B. Wright, 22, of Livingston were both eastbound. Miller attempted to pass Wright’s truck but cut back too early, striking Wright’s vehicle, according to Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Brent Murray. Both trucks left the north side of the highway, struck a ditch and overturned numerous times, Murray said. Both vehicles came to rest upside down, Miller’s facing southbound and Wright’s facing westbound, the investigation showed. One of three passengers in Miller’s truck, 49-year-old Gerald Miller, was listed with incapacitating injuries and was transported by medical helicopter. Wright, listed with possible injuries, was transported by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center – Livingston. Both drivers were cited for failure to maintain fi nancial responsibility. Also transported by medical helicopter was a driver involved in a one-car accident at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, on FM 356, one-tenth of a mile northeast of Onalaska. A 2004 BMW driven by Dawn Lightfoot, 48, of Onalaska was northbound and failed to negotiate a curve in the road, according to Trooper Darwon Evans. The car left the highway to the right, struck a utility pole and rolled onto its right side and top. The driver was ejected, according to Evans. Lightfoot, listed with incapacitating injuries, was transported by helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. No charges have been fi led in connection with the accident. The driver of a 2001 Dodge Minivan crossed three lanes of traffic, left the roadway and struck a culvert and ditch then flipped end over end before striking a tree in the 1000 block of South Houston St. at 12:19 Monday. The driver, Jerry Lee Mullins, 50, of Livingston was taken to Memorial Medical Center — Livingston by ambulance with incapacitating injuries, according to a police report by Officer Chad Ward. Ward spoke with three witnesses to the crash, but could determine no reason why the minivan veered out of control. The driver was cited for failure to drive in a single marked lane. Three people were taken to the hospital by ambulance with “nonincapacitating” injuries after a two-car collision at the intersection of S. Houston and Garner streets at about 3:25 p.m. Tuesday. Margaret Blank David, 87, of Livingston was driving east on Garner St. and failed to yeild the right-of-way to a 1998 white Jaguar driven by Maria Carmel Montalvo-Willis, 46, of Ace. The right rear area of the Jaguar struck the left back area of the minivan, according to the crash report prepared by Officer Kevin Ward. Both drivers and a 10-year-old passenger in the Jaguar were taken to the hospital by ambulance with non-incapacitating injuries. No charges had been filed as of Wednesday.