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FM 350 mishap claims life
LIVINGSTON – A 57-year-old Livingston woman died in a one-vehicle accident Monday morning on FM 350 North near Horace Bond Road. Lorie Ellinwood was driving a 1998 Mazda pickup truck southbound on FM 350 and, for unknown reasons, the vehicle drifted to the right, according to Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Allen Stanton. The driver overcorrected to the left, then back to the right, and the pickup truck went into a left skid and rolled, coming to rest upside down against a fence, the investigation showed. Jaws of Life equipment from the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department was called to the scene to help free the driver. Ellinwood was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Larry Whitworth. Her body was taken to Cochran Funeral Home. The accident occurred at approximately 8:12 a.m. The highway patrol also investigated numerous accidents during last week's icy weather, but few injuries were reported. One of the exceptions was a one-vehicle accident at 10:15 a.m. Friday on FM 350 near Creek Bend Drive. A 2004 Ford Explorer driven by William James Koperna, 76, of Livingston was southbound in snow, slush and ice and was unable to control the vehicle after hitting an icy patch on the road, according to Trooper Chad Seamans. The Explorer skidded into the northbound lane and into a ditch on the east side of the road. Koperna, listed with nonincapacitating injuries, was taken by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center in Livingston.