Accident Investigator, Trooper Allen Stanton (right) and Trooper Darwon Evans listen to an eyewitness account of the accident.
Possible Heat Exhaustion, Driver Slams Into Utility Pole, LIVINGSTON, August 6, 2016 - At approximately 4:45 pm on August 6, 2016, a red and gray Chevy pickup driven by Justin Charles Cooper, 31, of Livingston, was west-bound on US-190 West. According to a witness, Cooper's driving was erratic. Cooper left the pavement to the right and slammed into a utility pole at the edge of the parking lot of Pubelo Viejo Mexican Restaurant. The impact snapped the utility pole in half and knocked down railing that belonged to the restaurant. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Troopers Allen Stanton and Darwon Evans with the Texas Highway Patrol. Cooper exhibited symptoms of heat exhaustion. He was helped to an ambulance and transported to CHI Livingston Memorial Hospital. No citations were issued. A rollback wrecker from LakeView Wrecker recovered Cooper's vehicle and it will be stored in Livingston.
31 year old Justin Charles Cooper listens to EMS personnel from Americare Ambulance Service after he slammed into a utility pole at the edge of the parking lot of Pueblo Viejo Mexican Restaurant off US-190 West.
A large section of the snapped utility pole lies underneath Cooper's pickup.
The impact knocked down railing that belongs to Pueblo Viejo.
Cooper was helped to an ambulance from Americare Ambulance Service.
Trooper Darwon Evans assisted Trooper Stanton in the investigation.
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