Monday Proved to be Deadly Day on Polk County Roads
Vehicle Accidents Claim Two Lives in Two Different Afternoon Wrecks, LIVINGSTON, April 8, 2008 - Monday, April 7th, 2008 proved to be a fatal day on Polk County roads as two different people died in two different accidents approximately 1 hour apart.
2:45 PM...According to DPS Trooper Sam Lattner, a 2003 White Dodge Ram 2500 pickup driven by Adam Dewayne Payne, 21, of Atlanta, Texas, was south bound on Highway 146 when his vehicle went off to the right of the road and struck a culvert. The pickup flipped approximately 3 times and Payne was ejected from the truck. The accident occurred 1.4 miles south of FM-2610. Life-Flight was summoned and Payne was flown to Hermann Hospital in Houston where he died approximately 2 hours later. Payne had insurance but according to Trooper Lattner, did not have his seatbelt fastened. A rollback wrecker from Harwood wrecker service towed Payne's truck.
3:45 PM...According to DPS Trooper Larry Pitts, a blue, 2003 Harley Davidson Road King Motorcycle, driven by Timothy Michael Dark, 51, of Livingston was west-bound on Highway 190 (Spring Creek area) when his bike struck a piece of iron debris in the roadway and caused his motorcycle to flip. The motorcycle went off the road to the right and came to rest in a ditch approximately 225 feet from the point of impact. Dark came to rest on the road approximately 20 feet from the point of impact. Dark was pronounced dead on the scene by Polk County Justice of the Peace Precinct 4, Steven B. McEntyre. Dark had insurance. His motorcycle was towed by Lakeview wrecker service.
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