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Cell phone blamed for one-car wreck Monday
Polk County Enterprise


LIVINGSTON – A ringing cell phone contributed to an accident Monday in which a 20-year-old Huffman woman was injured. Elizabeth Ashley Pierce was driving a 2000 Ford Expedition northbound on U.S. 59, just south of Livingston, when her cell phone rang, Pierce told Trooper Kevin Burman. As she reached down to retrieve the cell phone, the vehicle drifted to the outside shoulder and the driver overcorrected to the left, Burman said. The SUV skidded across the northbound lanes and through the median and rolled twice, crossing the southbound lanes and coming to rest on the southbound highway shoulder. Pierce, listed with nonincapacitating injuries, was treated at the scene. No charges were filed. The accident occurred at 7:50 a.m. Also investigated was a one-vehicle accident at 12:01 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, in which four people were injured. A 2000 Ford Escort, driven by Sherill Ione Wingate, 31, of Goodrich was northbound on FM 3152 and failed to negotiate a curve in the road, according to Trooper Robert Akers. The car traveled east off the highway, then crossed back across the road and struck a tree line on the west side of the highway, he said. Two children in the car, ages 9 and 13, were transported by medical helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. The driver and another passenger, 19-year-old Shawn Henry Lyons, were transported by ambulance to the Livingston hospital. All were listed with non-incapacitating injuries. Wingate was cited for unsafe speed and unrestrained child.


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