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DPS jails man for fatal DWI
LIVINGSTON – A 29- year-old Corrigan man has been charged with intoxication manslaughter and two counts of intoxication assault in connection with an accident that occurred at 7:50 p.m. Saturday on U.S. 287. Charged is Barrett Eugene Neal, who was driving a 1999 Ford pickup truck westbound, towing a 16-foot utility trailer containing a Polaris ATV, according to Trooper Kevin Burman. Three people were riding on the ATV at the time of the accident; all three were injured, one critically. The pickup truck left the roadway and overturned, Burman said. The ATV came off the trailer and overturned on the road. Ryan Gene Tinsley, 36, of Irving was transported to Tyler County Hospital in Woodville, where he was pronounced dead at 9:09 p.m. Injured were Garret Oscar Toler, 30, of Cedar Park, who was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston with internal injuries, and William Lance Loftin, 22, of Chester, who was taken by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center in Livingston with multiple abrasions. Neal and two passengers inside the pickup truck – Debbie Woodward McCoy, 53, and Samantha McCoy Toler, 27 – were listed as uninjured. Neal was taken to the Polk County Jail. Also investigated was a motorcycle accident at 12:40 p.m. Sunday on FM 3126 in which two people were injured. A 2009 Harley-Davidson motorcycle driven by Ronald David Gerhardt, 52, of Humble was southbound and failed to negotiate a curve in the road due to unsafe speed, according to Trooper Robert Akers. The motorcycle’s left foot peg struck the pavement, sending the motorcycle off the west side of the road. Gerhardt and a passenger, 54-year-old Rebecca Ann Montigue, were both listed with non-incapacitating injuries and were transported by ambulance to the Livingston hospital. Gerhardt was cited for unsafe speed and no motorcycle driver’s license. One person was injured in a one-vehicle accident at 6:45 p.m. July 14 on U.S. 59 near Loop 116. A 2009 Nissan pickup truck driven by John Henry Franklin, 42, of Livingston was southbound when the driver lost control on the wet road, according to Trooper Rocky Thigpen. The pickup truck left the roadway and rolled. Franklin, listed with possible injuries, was taken by ambulance to the Livingston hospital. He was charged with unsafe speed and no driver’s license. A man whose car ran out of gas was injured when he attempted to push the vehicle to a gas station, according to a report filed by Thigpen. Mark Alan Madere, 45, of Livingston was attempting to turn into a gas station on U.S. 190 West when his 1997 Cadillac ran out of fuel as he approached the top of a hill. As he attempted to push the car to the gas pumps, it rolled backward, dragging the driver down the hill and into the median, Thigpen said. Madere, listed with nonincapacitating injuries, was taken by ambulance to the Livingston hospital. No charges were filed in connection with the accident, which occurred at 5:55 p.m. July 10.