Kolton Gaston's 2010 Mazda Tribute came to rest on its passenger's side on 350 North at Hubert Lane.
Driver Jumps Culvert, Clears Mailbox, Kills Bird, Rolls Vehicle, LIVINGSTON, May 1, 2012 - At approximately 3:10 pm on May 1, 2012, a white 2010 Mazda Tribute driven by Kolton Wayne Gaston, 20, of Livingston, was south-bound on FM-350 North. Gaston was traveling at a high rate of speed. According to Gaston, he was searching for his cell phone when he left the road to the right, struck a culvert, went airborne, cleared a mailbox, killed a bird and landed rolling his vehicle in the process. Gaston's vehicle came to rest on it's passenger's side on the right side of 350 at Hubert Lane. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office, and Trooper David Flowers with the Texas Highway Patrol. Gaston managed to crawl from his wrecked vehicle with only bumps and scratches. A measurement of Gaston's take off point to landing point shows that Gaston traveled 86 feet in the air before landing and rolling. According to Trooper Flowers, Gaston was cited for unsafe speed. A rollback wrecker from Ken'sTowing recovered Gaston's vehicle and it will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston. The scene was cleared in about an hour.
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Gaston had to answer to his mom and Trooper David Flowers.
Fatality: This bird was struck while in flight by Gaston's vehicle.
Houdini showed up at the scene sporting a new reflective safety collar.
Gaston's vehicle was recovered by Ken's Towing.
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