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Expectant mother, passenger seriously hurt in crash
Polk County Enterprise - January 2009
LIVINGSTON – Firefi ghters had to remove the entire roof of a Geo Prizm to remove the driver and passenger after a crash at the intersection of North Washington and North Houston Streets Friday afternoon. At 1:10 p.m. Jesse Johnson of Ace was northbound in a green Chevrolet Prizm on Houston St. and crossed over North Washington St. to enter the U.S. 59 Bypass, according to Livingston Police Offi cer Kevin Blackburn. When she pulled into the intersection the Prizm was struck in the passenger side by a one ton F350 pickup which was pulling a 35- foot travel trailer and a 5-by-8 foot trailer carrying a Harley Davidson motorcycle, Blackburn said. Dennis Lunday and his wife Barbara were riding in the pickup. Injury reports on the couple were not available at press time. “This actually was a four-vehicle crash,” Blackburn added. The vehicles came to rest in a thicket, which made the rescue of the occupants of the Prizm much more complicated, according to Livingston Fire Chief Corky Cochran. Firefi ghters fi rst had to cut the brush away to reach the patients. “It was a small vehicle and it took a pretty hard impact from the pickup, caving in the passenger side,” Cochran said. Assistant Chief John Haynes said that fi refi ghters had to work from one side of the car and free the driver fi rst so they could reach the passenger, Larry Cooksey III, who was more severely injured in the impact. “Firefi ghters had to switch tools several times to free the occupants from the wreckage around them,” Haynes said. “After we took the top off, we got the driver out, but then we discovered that the dash and the door post were trapping his legs,” Cochran said. “We were working as fast as we could because we knew we had two people with serious injuries in there,” Cochran said. The driver also is seven months pregnant, according to fi rst res-ponders at the scene. The extrication took more than 30 minutes, reports show. Cooksey and Johnson were taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston where Cooksey was immediately taken into surgery, Blackburn said. Polk County’s first traffic fatality of 2009 occurred only hours into the new year. Fred Joseph Regmund Jr., 44, of Bryan was pronounced dead at the scene of a two-vehicle accident at 12:45 p.m. Thursday on U.S. 190, 7.3 miles west of Livingston, according to the Texas Highway Patrol. Three others were injured in the accident. A 1990 GMC pickup truck driven by Russell William Crawley Jr., 18, of Onalaska was westbound on U.S. 190 when the driver fell asleep, according to Trooper David Morris. Crawley’s truck crossed into the eastbound lane where it collided with a 1985 GMC pickup truck driven by Regmund, Morris said. Regmund was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace David Johnson. A passenger in his vehicle, 55-yearold Phyllis Jean Owens of College Station, was transported by medical helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Crawley and a 16-year-old passenger in his truck were both transported by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center – Livingston. Crawley was listed in critical condition, with the passenger listed in stable condition, according to the initial accident report. The accident is still under investigation, Morris said. Livingston Volunteer Fire Department reports show that initial reports said a vehicle was on fire and passengers were trapped. LVFD sent two trucks and 19 firefighters to the scene and another truck and crew from Onalaska Volunteer Fire Department responded. Also investigated New Year’s Day was a one-vehicle accident at 5:15 a.m. on FM 1988, threetenths of a mile east of Goodrich. A 2004 Ford pickup truck driven by Kyle Dean Kendrick, 22, of Goodrich was westbound when the driver fell asleep, Morris said. The truck crossed the eastbound lane and traveled into a ditch, where it rolled several times. Kendrick was initially taken by ambulance to the Livingston hospital, but was later transferred by medical helicopter to another hospital, according to the trooper. Authorities on Friday were still attempting to locate the driver of a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe involved in a one-vehicle accident early Thursday at the intersection of FM 942 and FM 62 in Camden. The accident, believed to have occurred at approximately 12:30 a.m., was reported by a passerby around 8 a.m., Morris said. Investigation showed the truck was southbound on FM 942. The driver apparently disregarded a stop sign and the truck slid through the intersection, rolling into a ditch near the Corrigan-Camden paper mill. The driver apparently kicked out the windshield and left the scene, Morris said.