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Polk County Enterprise - Local News
Stories Added - March 2009
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3 motorcycles crash Sunday on Hwy. 190 east of Livingston
Polk County Enterprise - March 2009
LIVINGSTON – Two people were transported by helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston after a three-motorcycle collision Sunday on U.S. 190 at Nursery Road, 14.7 miles east of Livingston. The accident was one of two involving motorcycles investigated by Texas Highway Patrol troopers last weekend. Sunday’s accident involved a 2007 Harley-Davidson motorcycle driven by Kenneth R. Bench, 42, of Magnolia and a 2009 Harley- Davidson motorcycle driven by Christopher L. Hardison, 28, of Richmond, which were both westbound on U.S. 190, 14.7 miles east of Livingston. A third motorcycle – a 1998 Honda driven by 33-yearold Jeremy Lee Hillenburg of Livingston — pulled onto U.S. 190 from Nursery Road and failed to yield right-of-way to the other two motorcycles, according to Trooper Brent Henry. Bench’s bike hit Hillenburg’s. Hardison swerved left to avoid a collision, but struck Bench’s motorcycle, the trooper indicated. Bench and Hillenburg were transported by helicopter to Houston. A passenger on Bench’s motorcycle was listed with possible injuries, but declined medical treatment at the scene. Hardison and a passenger on his motorcycle were listed as uninjured. Hardison was cited for driving while license invalid. Charges against Hillenburg are pending, according to the trooper. The accident occurred at 2:40 p.m. A 55-year-old Cleveland man was taken by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center in Livingston after being thrown from the 1998 Honda motorcycle he was riding on FM 1988, 6.1 miles west of Livingston. David Kenneth Garner was riding eastbound, entered a curve at an unsafe speed and lost control of the motorcycle, according to Trooper Ramey Bass. The motorcycle rolled and Garner, who was listed with non-incapacitating injuries, was ejected. He was cited for unsafe speed in connection with the accident, which occurred at 6:12 p.m. Saturday. Also investigated was a twovehicle accident at 1:50 p.m. Friday on U.S. 59, 2.6 miles south of Livingston. A 2007 GMC pickup truck driven by Larry D. Hardin, 62, of Greenbrier, Tenn., which was towing a trailer, pulled out of a private drive and pulled into the median to turn south on U.S. 59. Hardin had to stop due to a vehicle in the southbound lane, according to Trooper G. Flowers. Hardin’s trailer was partially blocking northbound traffic and was struck by a northbound 1989 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Chad W. Burleson, 33, of Idabel, Okla. Burleson, listed with nonincapacitating injuries, was transported by ambulance to the Livingston hospital. Hardin and a passenger in his vehicle were listed as uninjured. Hardin was cited for failure to yield right-of-way from a private drive.


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