Emergency responders work on an accident victim at 2:45 am.
Accident Hospitalizes Two, One by Life Flight, Alcohol Suspected, LIVINGSTON, February 22, 2009 - Shortly before 2:30 am on February 22, 2009 a maroon 1997 Plymouth Voyager driven by Robin Lynette Patterson, 37, of Livingston was north-bound on Old Highway 35 and lost control of her vehicle and slammed into a tree. The collision spun the minivan around as it came to rest facing south. Polk County Sheriff's Deputy Billy Duke was the first responder on the scene. The Livingston Volunteer Fire Department Heavy Rescue Unit was summoned and used the jaws-of-life to extract Patterson and her male passenger from the vehicle. DPS Troopers David Flowers and Chris Stanbery were dispatched to the scene along with two ambulances from Americare Ambulance Service. Patterson was transported to Livingston Memorial Hospital where a life-flight helicopter arrived to transport her to Hermann Hospital in Houston, while her passenger was transported to Livingston Memorial Hospital emergency room. The road was blocked as the accident was being investigated and cleared. Patterson will be issued a citation for driving with an invalid license and (pending toxicology reports) could be issued a citation for driving while intoxicated. Patterson did have insurance. A rollback wrecker from Harwood Wrecker Service recovered Patterson's vehicle and the scene was cleared by 3:31 am.