Man Killed in Early Morning Accident
Polk County Enterprise, August 2007
A 26-year-old Lumberton man was killed early Saturday morning when the vehicle he was driving struck a tree. According to preliminary reports, Ross Bird was northbound on State Highway 146 pulling a trailer and boat with his 1997 Nissan pickup when he drifted across the southbound lanes, crossed a ditch a struck a tree. Officers on the scene said it did not appear that Bird had braked or taken any evasive action. 14 members of the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department responded to the call and used JAWS extrication equipment to remove the victim from the truck. Bird was pronounced dead at the scene by Larry Whitworth, Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace.
Aaron Cecil Reeves, 15, of Livingston was taken by helicopter to Memorial Hermann August 18 after being struck by a motorized scooter driven by a friend. Joseph Michael Boy, 16, of Livingston was testing out the brakes on a motorized scooter while Reeves watched. Boy was unable to stop the scooter when the brakes failed and struck Reeves, knocking him to the ground. Both boys left the scene and upon arriving home Reeves collapsed and his mother called 911. Lifeflight landed at Blanchard Baptist Church and transported the boy to Houston.
Also on Saturday evening, Trace Dillon Siglor, 19, of College Park, Georgia was charged with DWI after an accident that sent two passengers in his vehicle to the hospital. Siglor was westbound on U.S. Highway 190 when he attempted to turn left into a crossover at an unsafe speed. The 1997 F-150 left the roadway and entered the grassy median before crossing both eastbound lanes and ending up in a ditch at the intersection of Stewart and U.S. 190. Siglor fled the scene but was later apprehended and charged with DWI, public intoxication, minors riding in an open bed of a truck, and failure to maintain insurance coverage. Also charged were 22-year-old Russell Barefield with public intoxication, Matthew D. Walker, 19, of Livingston with minor in possession, and a 16-year-old Livingston male with minor in possession. Both Walker and the unnamed teen were transported to Memorial Medical Center – Livingston with unspecified injuries.