Pickup Slams Into Trees, Driver Flown to Houston, GOODRICH, June 14, 2018 - At approximately 2:40 pm, on June 14, 2018, a white Chevy full size pickup, driven by Richard Edward Staires, 31, of Livingston, was west-bound on FM-1988 West near Pete Garrett Road. Staires allegedly entered a curve too fast and was attempting to pass another vehicle in a no passing zone and left the pavement to the left and slammed into four large trees. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with the Goodrich and Livingston Fire Departments, Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office and Troopers Colton McQuilkin, Kevin Burman, and John Allen with the Texas Highway Patrol. Staires was pinned in his vehicle. Firemen used the Jaws-of-Life to cut Staires from his vehicle. Staires was transported by ambulance to a nearby field off of 1988 where a Life Flight helicopter landed and flew him to Hermann Hospital in Houston with major injuries. Traffic on 1988 was blocked during investigation and cleanup. Staires' vehicle was recovered by LakeView Wrecker and will be stored in Livingston. This accident remains under investigation by the Texas Highway Patrol.
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31 year old Richard Edward Staires, of Livingston, crashed his Chevy pickup into large trees off of FM-1988 near Pete Garrett Road. Staires was pinned in his vehicle.
Trooper Colton McQuilkin is the primary accident investigator.
Staires' sustained major injuries and was transported by ambulance to a nearby landing zone and flown to Hermann Hospital in Houston.
Trooper Colton McQuilkin was assisted by other Troopers including Kevin Burman (pictured).
Staires' pickup struck 4 large pine trees.
After Staires' vehicle was pulled off the tree, the front end devastation was revealed.
Staires' vehicle was recovered by LakeView Wrecker.
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