Corporal Ramey Bass cites Melva Thornton of Livingston for failure to yield right-of-way.
Failure to Yield, Driver Slams Vehicle, LIVINGSTON, June 8, 2013 - At around 3:30 pm on June 6, 2013, a white 2009 Chevy Cobalt driven by Kemmerlee Mae Smikal, 22, of Livingston, was east-bound on US-190 East. Smikal suddenly swerved left in an attempt to avoid slamming into a white 2011 Ford Fusion driven by Melva Sumner Thornton, 76, of Livingston. Thornton was attempting to crossover the east-bound lanes of 190 from Stewart Road to the west-bound lanes of 190 but failed to yield. The glancing collision totaled Thornton's vehicle and may have Smikal's vehicle as well. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office and Corporal Ramey Bass with the Texas Highway Patrol. Fortunately, nobody was injured. Traffic was partially blocked during investigation and cleanup. According to Trooper Bass, Melva Thornton was cited for failure to yield right-of-way from a stop sign. Smikal's vehicle was recovered by a rollback wrecker from Fawbush Wrecker Service and will be stored in Goodrich. Thornton's vehicle was recovered by a rollback wrecker from Ken's Towing and will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston.