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2 killed in weekend wrecks
Polk County Enterprise
LIVINGSTON – Two people were killed on Polk County roadways over the long Labor Day holiday weekend, according to the Texas Highway Patrol. Veronica Suzanne Potter, 28, of Spring died Monday after the 2003 Toyota Corolla sedan she was driving hydroplaned on U.S. 190, 4.7 miles west of Livingston, according to Trooper David Morris. Potter’s car, which was westbound, slid into the path of an eastbound 2005 Dodge pickup truck driven by Amanda Marie Vodicka, 25, of Livingston. Potter was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace David Johnson. Her body was taken to Cochran Funeral Home. Vodicka and a 13-year-old passenger in her vehicle, were both listed with incapacitating injuries and were transported by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center in Livingston. The accident occurred at approximately 12:50 p.m. A four-wheeler accident at 3:30 p.m. Sunday on Nursery Road, a county road off U.S. 190 east of Livingston, claimed the life of a Houston woman. Vanessa Lee Rangel, 20, was driving a 1988 Honda ATV northbound when she lost control of the four-wheeler on the bumpy, sandy, gravel and dirt road, according to Trooper Robert Akers. The vehicle traveled east off the roadway and struck a pine tree. Rangel and a passenger on the ATV, 26-year-old Brenda Bernice Bahena, were both transported by ambulance to the Livingston hospital, where Rangel was later pronounced dead by Judge Johnson. Bahena was listed by the trooper as having nonincapacitating injuries and is expected to recover. Two people were seriously injured when the motorcycle they were riding collided with a pickup truck at 8:30 a.m. Monday on FM 2457. A 2004 GMC pickup truck driven by Louie Lee Sanford, 77, of Livingston was turning left from FM 3277 to head west on FM 2457 and failed to yield right of way to the motorcycle, which was eastbound on FM 2457, according to Trooper Darwon Evans. The motorcycle, a 2002 Harley-Davidson driven by 47-year-old Norman Louis Henderson of Houston, slid into the pickup truck. Henderson and a passenger on the motorcycle, Karen Lynn Henderson, 46, were ejected from the motorcycle. As Sanford attempted to pull his truck forward off the roadway, he accidentally ran over Karen Henderson, Evans said. The Hendersons, both listed with incapacitating injuries, were transported by medical helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Sanford has been charged with failure to yield right of way from a stop intersection. Law enforcement officers also made six arrests for driving while intoxicated during the holiday weekend, including one felony DWI case filed against Sanford for the pickup/motorcycle crash.