50 year old Leann Marie Van Wormer's 2011 Toyota Corolla came to rest in the median on US-59 in Livingston after she struck an 18 wheeler.
Driver Strikes 18 Wheeler, Charged with DWI, LIVINGSTON, May 26, 2016 - Shortly after 3 pm on May 26, 2016, a red 2011 Toyota Corolla, driven by Leanne Marie Van Wormer, 50, of Shepherd, was north-bound on US-59 in Livingston. According to witnesses, Van Wormer had been driving erratically and nearly struck other vehicles. Van Wormer's vehicle swerved from the fast lane into the slow lane as her vehicle struck an 18 wheeler driven by Estanaislao Hernandez, 63, of Euless. The impact caused Van Wormer to lose control of her vehicle as she slid into the median between the north and south-bound lanes of 59. Hernandez pulled over to the shoulder. Officers Tito Reyes, Kaleb Barker, and Branden Brewer with Livingston Police Department were dispatched to the scene along with the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department. Fortunately, nobody was injured. The collision ruptured Hernandez's fuel tank. Diesel was leaking onto the shoulder of the highway. A crew from Texas Department of Transportation were summoned to clean up the spilled diesel. In the meantime, Officer Tito Reyes took Van Wormer to a nearby parking lot and administered a field sobriety test on her. Van Wormer was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated (her second). Additionally, she was charged with failure to maintain a single lane of traffic. A rollback wrecker from Fawbush Wrecker Service recovered Van Wormer's vehicle and it will be stored in Goodrich.
Editor's Note: I arrived on the scene of this accident, and like a knuckle head, I forgot my camera (so I used my cell phone to take pictures, hence, the low quality images).
Van Wormer's vehicle was equipped with a breathalyzer (intended to keep her from drinking and driving).
Officers Kaleb Barker (left) and Branden Brewer assisted Officer Tito Reyes with the investigation.
Van Wormer struck this fuel tank on an 18 wheeler.
Officer Tito Reyes demonstrates the proper way to execute a field sobriety test to Van Wormer in a nearby parking lot.
Van Wormer struggled to walk a straight line.
Reyes placed Van Wormer under arrest for driving while intoxicated (Officer Donald Dyson stands by).
The 18 wheeler's diesel tank was leaking.
(L - R) Molly, Heidi, and Mixi were on duty for PolkCountyToday.com.
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