Bicycle Rider That Was Struck by Car has Been Identified, Passes Away from Injuries, LIVINGSTON, October 5, 2015 - The bicyclist that was struck by a car on Sunday night (October 4, 2015) has been identified. Jose Garcia-Lara, 21, of Livingston was flown to Conroe Regional Hospital after being struck by a car shortly after 8 pm. Garcia-Lara passed away from the injuries he sustained in the accident this morning (September 5, 2015). Judge Trey Spikes of Montgomery County performed the inquest at the hospital and has ordered an autopsy on Garcia-Lara. The car that struck Garcia-Lara was a white Toyota Corolla driven by Misty Aguilar, 46, of Livingston. Aguilar was east-bound on East Church Street when her car struck Garcia-Lara who was riding his bicycle in the turning lane (in front of the Polk County Annex Building). The impact tore his bike in two the other half of the bike rolled into the west-bound lane of East Church and was struck by a white Chevy Equinox driven by Laura Baggett, 30, of Livingston. The accident remains under investigation and is pending autopsy and toxicology reports.
The driver of the car (pink shirt) appeared distraught after striking a bicycle rider.
Bicycle Rider Struck by Car, in Critical Condition, LIVINGSTON, October 5, 2015 - At around 8:20 pm on October 4, 2015, a bicycle rider was reportedly riding in the turning lane of East Church Street (190 E) in front of the Polk County Annex. The rider was suddenly struck by a white Toyota Corolla that was east-bound. The impact knocked the bicycle rider out of his shoes and off his bike. The front half of the bike was sucked under the car, the other half of the bike rolled into the west-bound lane of East Church and was struck by a white Chevy Equinox. The bicycle rider landed on the pavement. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department, Deputy Billy Duke with the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Trooper Zach Lenderman with the Texas Highway Patrol, and Sergeant Chad Ward, Officer Adam Williford, and Detective Leon Middleton (all with Livingston PD). The bicycle rider was treated at the scene and driven to CHI Livingston Memorial Hospital where a medical helicopter flew him to Houston in critical condition. Traffic on East Church Street was partially blocked during investigation and cleanup. The name of the bicycle rider, and the car drivers are being withheld pending a press release. The accident remains under investigation by Livingston Police Department.
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According to witnesses, the bicycle rider frequently rides his bike in the turning lane on East Church Street.
Emergency personnel tend to the victim.
Half of the bicycle (and a shoe) was under the white Toyota (the Toyota is the car that struck the bike rider).
The other half of the bike was struck by a white Chevy Equinox that was west-bound (Detective Leon Middleton with Livingston PD also pictured).
The bike rider was placed on a gurney and taken to a waiting ambulance.
Livingston Fire Chief, Corky Cochran, assisted Americare Ambulance Service.
Trooper Zach Lenderman (left) assisted Sergeant Chad Ward.
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