Name Released from Fatal Accident on FM-1276: The driver of the white 2008 Toyota Tacoma that crashed on Monday night and was killed is William Arthur Dillon, 31, of Livingston.
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The vehicle initially slammed sideways into this tree (note leaf spring sticking out of tree. The leaf spring could not be pulled out by hand).
Fatal Accident: Driver Leaves Road, Slams Tree, BIG SANDY, November 8, 2011 - At approximately 11:17 pm on November 7, 2011, a white 2008 Toyota Tacoma (driver's name being withheld pending notification of relatives) was north-bound on FM-1276. The truck left the road to the right near FM-943, rolled through the grass and slid sideways into a large pine tree. The vehicle then hit another tree head on and slid coming to rest in the grass facing south. The Segno Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the scene along with Troopers with the Texas Highway Patrol, including Corporal Sam Lattner, David Morris, Kevin Burman and Sergeant Nita Bowen. The driver of the vehicle was killed in the process of the wreck. Alcohol was not suspected. Traffic on 1276 was partially blocked during investigation and cleanup. Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 Stephen McEntyre performed an inquest at the scene. A first-call car from Cochran Funeral transported the victim's body away. The vehicle was recovered by Harwood Wrecker Serviceand will be stored in Livingston. The scene was cleared by 2:30 am.
The images below are scenes from a violent accident. Some images show blood. If this offends you in any way, DO NOT scroll down this page!
This picture shows the side of the The 2008 Toyota Tacoma that impacted the large pine tree.
The front end of the truck impacted another large tree.
Corporal Sam Lattner with the Texas Highway Patrol (left) speaks with Justice of the Peace Stephen McEntyre. McEntyre performed an inquest at the scene.
Interior shot removed. We try to stay consistent on our reporting of fatal accidents. We've always shown the interior shots even when there's blood, but this one was worse than usual. This is a public apology to those who may have been offended.
As the Editor of PolkCountyToday.com, I publicly apologize to the family and loved ones of William Arthur Dillon for posting that picture. As reporters, we can't get emotionally attached to news as it would impair our ability to report the news, and while we try to be consistent, sometimes, consistency must take a back seat in certain situations.