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Weekend crashes claim life of chiropractor, send 2 to hospital
Polk County Enterprise
LIVINGSTON – A Livingston chiropractor was killed early Sunday in a onecar accident on U.S. 190, three miles west of Livingston. Dr. Jay A. Workman, 44, was driving a 2006 Ford GT 500 eastbound at a high rate of speed when he failed to negotiate a curve and the car left the roadway and overturned, according to Trooper Kevin Burman. The accident occurred at 1:30 a.m. Workman was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:15 a.m. by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace David Johnson. His body was taken to Cochran Funeral Home. Sheriff’s deputies, Livingston police officers and the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department assisted Texas Highway Patrol troopers at the scene. Two people were transported by medical helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston following a onecar accident at 12:05 a.m. Monday on FM 1276. A 2006 Mazda driven by Jeffery Allen Baxley, 32, of Livingston was southbound when the driver topped a hill and saw a deer in the road, according to Trooper Robert Akers. Baxley steered right to avoid the deer and lost control of the car, which traveled off the road and struck a tree, coming to rest upside down. Baxley and a passenger, James Elton Simmons Jr., 48, were transported to Houston. No charges were filed. A 30-year-old Livingston man was injured early Sunday after trying to evade an Indian reservation security officer, according to Akers. Dedrick Andrea Ervin was driving a 2001 Isuzu on Park Road 56 at approximately 3:30 a.m. and almost struck a reservation security officer, Akers said. The officer attempted to pursue Ervin to stop him for reckless driving and Ervin turned left onto Well Water Road. Ervin lost control of the vehicle, which left the road and struck a dirt embankment and tree line. Ervin and a 5-year-old passenger in the vehicle, both listed with non-incapacitating injuries, were transported by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center in Livingston. Ervin was charged with open container, driving while license suspended and failure to maintain financial responsibility.