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Polk County Enterprise - Local News
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DPS investigates two crashes Thursday
Polk County Enterprise - November 2008
LIVINGSTON – A 34-year-old Polk County man was serious injured Thursday night when the motorcycle he was driving collided head-on with a pickup truck. Thomas AD Jackson was northbound on Hwy. 146, 8.4 miles south of Livingston, driving a motorcycle after dark without headlights; he was being followed by a friend on another motorcycle that had headlights, according to Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Chris Stanbery. The motorcycle driven by the friend ran out of gas and the friend pulled over. Jackson continued, traveled into the oncoming lane and collided with a 2006 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Kenith Martin Dover, 46, of Livingston, the trooper indicated. Jackson, listed with incapacitating injuries, was transported by medical helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Dover was treated and released by medical personnel at the scene. A passenger in Dover’s pickup truck was reportedly uninjured. Charges are pending in connection with the accident, which occurred at 8:24 p.m. Also investigated Thursday was a two-vehicle collision at 10:25 a.m. on U.S. 190, 2.2 miles east of Livingston. Sherry Kenner Gillan, 58, of Livingston was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer westbound in the left lane and signaled and slowed to make a left turn, according to Trooper Brent Henry. A 1998 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by 77-year-old Archie Walls Jr. of Livingston was traveling behind Gillan and failed to control speed, striking the rear of Gillan’s vehicle, Henry said. Gillan and a passenger in her vehicle, 43-year-old Kenny Lockhart of Livingston, were both listed with possible injuries, but declined medical treatment at the scene, according to the trooper. Walls, who was cited for failure to control speed, was listed as uninjured. Livingston police have asked DPS accident reconstructionists to join their investigation of a crash that killed a 78-year-old Livingston woman Monday, Lt. Matt Parrish, a spokesman for Livingston Police Department said. Muriel Jones Duff died in a twovehicle accident at about 4:13 p.m. Monday, according to preliminary crash reports Duff was northbound in the 2200 block of North Houston Street when, witnesses said, she failed to stop at the intersection of Washington Street. Duff’s 2003 Ford Taurus was struck broadside by a 1996 Peterbilt tractor-trailer driven by Gary Wayne Thompson of Diboll. Duff was killed instantly, police reports show. Thompson was taken by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center-Livingston with possible injuries. Parrish and DPS highway patrol officers have inspected the truck and its maintenance records, as is a standard part of a crash investigation involving a commercial vehicle, Parrish said. In any fatal crash, LPD conducts a full investigation just as if it were a homicide by any other means, Parrish said. “We dot all the I’s and cross all the T’s,” Parrish said. “We turn the competed investigation over to the district attorney so it can be presented to the grand jury. Then 12 other Polk County residents can make the final determination as to the cause of death.”


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