Fatal accidents claim three lives
Polk County Enterprise, April 2007
LIVINGSTON -- Two people were killed and three others, including a Corrigan-Camden High School student, were injured in a head-on crash Monday afternoon on U.S. 190 East, according to the Texas Highway Patrol.
Troopers also investigated a two-vehicle collision in northern Liberty County Sunday that claimed the life of a Livingston man.
Monday’s accident occurred at approximately 5:35 p.m., 19.2 miles east of Livingston.
A westbound 2004 Oldsmobile Alero driven by Irma Morales Dowden, 41, of Jasper crossed the center stripe and collided head-on with an eastbound 1991 Ford Explorer driven by Kelly Ann Largent, 34, of Woodville, according to Trooper David Morris.
Largent and one of three passengers in her vehicle, 11-year-old Jordan Jade Largent of Woodville, were pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Larry Whitworth. Their bodies were taken to Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home in Woodville.
Quincy Whitaker, 19, a senior at Corrigan-Camden High School, was among the passengers in Largent’s vehicle. He was transported to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital with serious injuries. Another passenger, Macy Dubose, 16, of Woodville, was transported to Memorial Medical Center in Livingston in fair condition, highway patrol reports indicated.
Dowden, listed with serious injuries, was transported to Tyler County Hospital in Woodville.
Firefighters from the Indian Reservation and Livingston fire departments responded to the scene to assist in freeing victims from the wreckage.
Monday’s deaths brought the death toll on Polk County highways in 2007 to 11. The local highway patrol recorded 24 fatalities last year.
Livingston man killed in Liberty County accident
A head-on collision Sunday on FM 787, 1.7 miles west of Romayor in northern Liberty County, claimed the life of 25-year-old Jeremy Lyle Ferguson of Livingston.
Ferguson was driving a 1991 Chevrolet Lumina westbound on the wrong side of the road, according to Trooper Boyd Lynn Lamb Jr.
Jack Edward Nichols III, 31, of Cleveland was driving a 1990 Chevrolet pickup truck eastbound and took evasive action to the right in an attempt to avoid the oncoming car, but the vehicles collided head-on on the eastbound highway shoulder, the trooper reported.
Ferguson was pronounced dead at the scene by Liberty County Justice of the Peace Burl Thomas. His body was taken to the Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office in Beaumont. Nichols was transported by Life Flight to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.
The accident occurred at 2:44 p.m.