Steve Humbird (left) of Livingston was visibly shaken after his 18 wheeler collided with a SUV.
Fatal Accident on US-146, LIVINGSTON, November 14, 2010 - Shortly after 3 pm on November 13, 2010, Steve Humbird, 55, of Livingston was north-bound in an 18 wheeler on US-146 about 8 miles south of Livingston when a south-bound silver 2004 Toyota 4 Runner driven by Jasper Giacona, 51, also of Livingston veered into the north-bound lane directly in front of Humbird. Humbird swerved right in an attempt to avoid Giacona but a collision still occurred. The collision knocked the front wheels off of Humbird's rig and sent Giacona's vehicle sliding to the shoulder of 146. According to witnesses, Giacona was ejected from his vehicle. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with several Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office, the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department, and DPS Troopers Joe Cole, Ramey Bass, and Sergeant Nita Bowen. Giacona died moments after the collision and was deceased before EMS personnel arrived. Giacona's small daughter was removed from the vehicle and treated at the scene by EMS personnel and loaded onto a PHi Air Medical Helicopter and flown to Hermann Hospital in Houston. Steve Humbird was physically okay. All traffic was rerouted during rescue, investigation and cleanup. Justice of the Peace David Johnson performed an inquest at the scene. A first-call car from Cochran Funeral Home recovered Jasper Giacona. Both parties had insurance. Giacona's vehicle was recovered by Harwood Wrecker Service and will be stored in Livingston. Humbird's 18 wheeler was recovered by Riley Wrecker Service and will be stored in Corrigan. The road was blocked for several hours for recovery services.