33 year old Angelica Balderez, of Rye, was driving this 1999 Ford F-250 North on 146 and attempted a U-Turn, but failed to yield to a vehicle coming up behind her.
Unsafe U-Turn Hospitalizes 4, LIVINGSTON, January 21, 2017 - At approximately 3 pm on January 21, 2017, a maroon 1999 Ford F-250 pickup, driven by Angelica Balderez, 33, of Rye, was north-bound on US-146 (just south of FM-1988 East). Balderez pulled to the shoulder and then attempted a U-turn to the south-bound lane, but failed to yield to a green 2002 GMC pickup driven by Joey Gilbert 49, of Livingston, that was coming up behind her. The two pickups collided. Balderez's vehicle came to rest in the north-bound shoulder while Gilbert's vehicle spun around and came to rest on the south-bound shoulder. Allegiance Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Deputy Jacob Hopper with the Polk County Sheriff's Office and Corporal Ramey Bass, Kevin Burman, and Darwon Evans with the Texas Highway Patrol. Balderez, her two passengers, and Gilbert were all four transported by ambulance to CHI Livingston Memorial Hospital with undisclosed injuries. Traffic on 146 was partially blocked during investigation and cleanup. Balderez is likely facing a citation for turning while unsafe. A rollback wrecker from Ken's Towing recovered Gilbert's vehicle and it will be store at Pollock's Body Shop in Livingston. Balderez's vehicle was recovered by a rollback wrecker from Fawbush Wrecker Service and will be stored in Goodrich.
49 year old Joey Gilbert, of Livingston, was also north-bound behind Balderez. When Balderez pulled to the shoulder, Gilbert attempted a pass, but Balderez decided to attmempt a U-Turn in front of Gilbert, the 2 vehicles collided.
Corporal Ramey Bass investigated the accident.
Gilbert's vehicle was recovered by Ken's Towing.
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