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Motorcyclist airlifted to Houston hospital
LIVINGSTON – A motorcyclist was seriously injured in an accident at approximately 6:30 p.m. Friday on Mangum Road, six-tenths of a mile west of FM 350 South. Roderick T. Reed, 43, of Livingston was driving a 2008 Yamaha motorcycle eastbound, failed to negotiate a curve in the road, and struck the back left quarter of a westbound 1997 Ford pickup truck driven by Merissa Carlene Mahan, 21, of Livingston, according to Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Darwon Evans. Reed, listed with incapacitating injuries, was transported by ambulance to Livingston Municipal Airport and then taken by medical helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. He has been charged with failure to maintain financial responsibility. Witness reports indicate Reed lost his left leg when the motorcycle slid down the pavement following the collision.. Mahan and two passengers in her vehicle were listed as uninjured. Also investigated was a one-vehicle accident at 2:20 a.m. Sunday on FM 2457, just west of U.S. 190. A 1997 Ford pickup truck driven by Rodney Mitchell Randolph, 42, of Shepherd was westbound on FM 2457, veered off the road to the left and rolled onto its left side and top in a ditch on the south side of the highway, according to Evans. Randolph, listed with nonincapacitating injuries, was transported by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center in Livingston. The driver told the trooper he had fallen asleep just prior to the accident. He has been charged with DWI.