Sergeant Lee Rogers with the Polk County Sheriff's Office was the first emergency responder on the scene.
Pickup Occupied by 3 Local Minors Slams Into Tree, 1 Flown to Houston, LIVINGSTON, July 24, 2013 - At approximately 11:10 pm on July 23, 2013, a 1985 Chevy pickup driven by a 16 year old boy from Livingston was south-bound on FM-350 North. His pickup left the road to the left near Johnson Road and slammed head on into a large pine tree. Sergeant Lee Rogers with the Polk County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the scene. When Rogers arrived he found the driver and one of his 15 year old female passengers outside the truck, and for the most part, okay. However, there was another passenger (another 15 year old girl) inside the truck and with a serious head injury. Volunteer firemen from the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department soon arrived followed by Americare Ambulance Service and Trooper Darwon Evans with the Texas Highway Patrol. Firemen were able to extract the female passenger from the pickup. She was treated by EMS personnel from Americare and transported to Livingston Memorial Hospital with a serious head injury. An air medical helicopter was summoned and transported her to Hermann Hospital in Houston. The other female passenger was also transported to Livingston Memorial Hospital with less serious injuries, cuts and bruises. The driver by all appearances was physically okay. The minors were in possession of alcohol. Trooper Evans checked the driver for sobriety, and the driver hadn't drank any of the beer. The driver was driven home by a family member. At time of press, the accident remains under investigation and no citations have been issued, however, charges are likely pending. The truck was recovered by LakeView Wrecker Service and will be stored in Livingston.