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Polk County Enterprise - Local News
Stories Added - October 2009
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Recent spate of crashes cause minor injuries
Polk County Enterprise - October 2009

LIVINGSTON — Failure to yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic caused a two-car collision on West Church Street last Thursday that caused a minivan to overturn, but apparently caused no serious injuries. The crash occurred in the 1600 block of West Church Street just west of the Loop 59 Bypass at about 5:51 p.m. Oct. 1 when the driver of an eastbound minivan failed to yield the right-of-way to a pickup truck that was westbound on Church St. Amanda Lucille Penton, 28, of Onalaska, was behind the wheel of a 2006 Dodge Caravan and attempted to turn left into the Wal- Mart parking lot when the van was struck on its right side by a 2004 Ford Sportrac pickup traveling east.

The impact caused the van to roll over, coming to rest on its roof. Penton was cited with failure to yield right-of-way, turning left and no liability insurance, according to a crash report by Livingston Police Officer Ashley Brame. The driver of the pickup was Joshua Ronald Long, 23, of Livingston. Both drivers were listed as having unknown injuries. Three inmates from the IAH Adult Detention Facility were evaluated for possible injuries after a minor collision on Sept. 30 when they were being returned to the facility after a court appearance in a Polk County Sheriff’s Office vehicle. En route to IAH, a transport deputy had stopped behind a 2005 Jeep Laredo driven by a Livingston resident on the Loop 59 N feeder road at the 1600 block of West Church St. at 11:28 a.m. Sept. 30.

The Jeep rolled forward and the patrol car started to go forward when the Jeep stopped to wait for traffic. The patrol car struck the rear of the Jeep. The driver of the Jeep, a 22-yearold female was listed as having possible injuries. A 28-year-old male passenger was uninjured. Of the four male passengers in the patrol car, two were listed with possible injuries. An Ohio man suffered a seizure Sunday just prior to losing control of the Jeep he was driving, sending it into the porch of a building, according to Texas Highway Patrol reports. Jason L. Nickles, 31, of Grove City, Ohio was driving a 1998 Jeep Cherokee southbound on U.S. 59, 2.5 miles south of Livingston. The driver’s medical problem caused him to lose control of the vehicle, which drifted off the west side of the road and traveled through a wrought iron fence before running into the porch of an office building owned by Doris and Jerry Pace, according to Trooper Kevin Burman. The impact caused major damage to the front of the Jeep and extensive structural damage to the building, Burman said. Nickles, listed with incapacitating injuries, was transported by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center – Livingston. No charges have been filed.

The accident occurred at 11:59 a.m. Three people were injured in a one-vehicle accident at 12:25 a.m. Saturday on Chris Brent Road, 4.6 miles west of Livingston. A 2005 Dodge Stratus driven by Thomas J. Faires Jr., 19, of Livingston was northbound when the driver failed to negotiate a curve in the road, according to Trooper Robert Akers. The car traveled off the west side of the road and struck a private drive culvert before coming to rest. Faires and two passengers in the car – 17-year-old Zachary Harajili and 18-year-old Brittany Kennedy, both of Livingston – left the crash scene before authorities arrived, according to Akers, who indicated they were later located through investigation. All three were listed with non-incapacitating injuries and were transported to the Livingston hospital by private vehicle. Faires was charged with failure to comply with requirements on striking a fixture/landscape, firstoffense DWI and failure to stop and render aid. A bee is blamed for a one-vehicle accident last Thursday on FM 942, 1.1 mile north of Camden. Beulah M. Walter, 81, of Camden was driving a 2007 Ford pickup truck southbound when a bee landed on the driver’s head, according to Burman. The driver began swatting the bee and lost control of the pickup.

The vehicle crossed the northbound lane and the driver overcorrected to the right, sending the truck into a side skid onto the southbound shoulder, where it rolled twice, coming to rest upright, the investigation showed. Walter, listed with incapacitating injuries, was transported by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center in Lufkin. No charges were filed. Also investigated was a two-vehicle accident at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Hwy. 146 and FM 1988, 2.5 miles south of Livingston. A 1992 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Steven C. Valentine, 29, of Livingston was turning left from Hwy. 146 onto FM 1988 and was struck by a 1997 Isuzu Rodeo that was entering Hwy. 146 southbound from a private drive, according to Trooper Darwon Evans. The driver of the Isuzu, 17-yearold Britni L. Aswell of Goodrich, was transported by ambulance to the Livingston hospital, listed with possible injuries. She was cited for failure to yield right of way from a private drive.

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