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21-year-old killed in crash Saturday
Polk County Enterprise - October 2009
LIVINGSTON – A charge of intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle has been filed against a driver involved in an accident early Saturday which resulted in the death of a 21-year-old passenger, according to the Texas Highway Patrol. Nathaniel R. Elpers, 21, of Livingston was driving a 1995 Chevrolet Tahoe southbound when it traveled off the west side of the road into a tree line, according to Trooper Robert Akers. Elpers told the trooper that an unidentified northbound vehicle had entered his lane, causing him to swerve right. The other vehicle did not stop. A k e r s said Elpers’ speed at the time of the a c c i d e n t was computed to be 92 miles per hour. A passenger in the Tahoe, 21-year-old Joshua Henry of Livingston, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. His body was taken to Cochran Funeral Home. Elpers, listed with non-incapacitating injuries, was transported to the Livingston hospital by the trooper. The accident occurred at 2:30 a.m. Coldspring man injured Ecedro Morales, 50, of Coldspring was injured in a two-vehicle accident at 10:03 a.m. Thursday on U.S. 190 at Cedar Point Drive. Morales was driving a 2002 Toyota Camry westbound and was attempting to turn left from U.S. 190 onto Cedar Point Drive when his car was struck in the rear by a 2002 Honda Accord driven by 18-year-old Dylan Millard Finley of Sweeny, according to Trooper G. Flowers. Morales, listed with nonincapacitating injuries, was transported by ambulance to the Livingston hospital. Finley and two passengers in his car were listed as uninjured. Finley was cited for failure to control speed. DUI case pending Onalaska Police took Jason Mattatall to Memorial Medical Center-Livingston Tuesday for a compulsory blood test for intoxicating substances after his SUV flipped four times on FM 356 near Onalaska at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Police Chief Ron Gilbert said OPD is investigating the crash as a possible case of driving under the influence. “He has one prior conviction and another case pending, so we took him to the hospital for a blood test after he refused medical treatment at the scene,” Gilbert said. Gilbert added that the rollover sparked a second collision. The driver of a passenger car saw the rollover occurring and hit his brakes, the car skidded sidewise and hit the guard rail but there was no contact between the two vehicles. No charges are expectee to be filed in the second crash.