Trooper Darwon Evans (pictured) is the lead investigator.
Single Vehicle Accident Takes Life of Livingston Woman, NEW WILLARD, April 20, 2013 - At approximately 4:15 pm on April 19, 2013, a tan 2011 Ford Escape driven by Evelyn Ann Mclain, 67, of Livingston, was south-bound on US-59. Mclain's vehicle left the pavement to the right, continued over 400 feet through the grass and continued down an embankment that led to Milton Creek (just south of Loop 116). While rolling down the embankment, her front end impacted the ground, bounced and continued until it came to came to rest upright just short of the water. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department Heavy Rescue Unit, Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office, and Troopers Darwon Evans, Kevin Burman, and Sergeant Nita Bowen (all with the Texas Highway Patrol). Mclain was killed possibly when her front end impacted the ground as she rolled down the embankment. She wasn't wearing a seatbelt. Firemen used a ladder truck to lower a basket to the creek to retrieve Mclain. Traffic on the south-bound side of 59 was partially blocked during recovery operations. Justice of the Peace, David Johnson performed an inquest at the scene. Evidence suggests that while rolling over 400 ft. through the grass, Mclain never applied her brakes. This leads investigators to believe a possible medical condition could have caused Mclain to lose control of her vehicle. The accident remains under investigation by the Department of Public Safety. A first-call car from Cochran Funeral Home recovered Mclain. A rollback wrecker from LakeView Towing recovered Mclain's vehicle and it will be stored in Livingston. The scene was cleared by 6:40 pm.
Special thank you: Ken fromKen's Towingand Willie A. Openshaw
Mclain's airbag deployed.
Firemen used a ladder truck with a cable attached to lower a basket to Mclain's vehicle to retrieve her from the edge of Milton Creek.
The basket (made for carrying people) is lowered to the scene.
Justice of the Peace, David Johnson (right), performed an inquest at the scene.
Mclain was loaded into a first-call car from Cochran Funeral Home.
A rollback wrecker used a cable to retrieve the vehicle.
A shattered bump in the windshield was caused when Mclain's head struck the windshield when her front end impacted the ground while rolling down the creek embankment.
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