20 year old Stephen Viellieux, of Livingston, allegedly struck a vehicle near Melbo's, fled the scene, then caused a head on collision on US-146 (intoxication suspected).
Driver Strikes Vehicle, Flees, Then Causes Head On Collision with Another Vehicle, Intoxication Suspected, LIVINGSTON, December 27, 2022 - At approximately 1:35 pm on December 27, 2022, a white 2008 Dodge Avenger, driven by Stephen Viellieux, 20, of Livingston, was involved in a hit and run accident when he struck another vehicle (next to Melbo's Store). Viellieux fled and continued south on US-146. As Viellieux was passing Tony Pebbles Road, he crossed over the center line and had a glancing head on collision with a blue 2008 Nissan Murano, driven by Stella Hill, 55, of Porter. The impact spun both vehicles around facing their opposite directions of travel as both came to rest on the pavement of the north-bound lanes. Allegiance Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department, Officers from Livingston Police Department, Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office, and Corporal Ramey Bass who was joined by Trooper Johnny Wilkerson and Sergeant Sam Lattner (all with the Texas Highway Patrol). As police arrived Viellieux was apparently trying to flee on foot, but was caught by Troopers and Officers with Livingston PD. Viellieux was apprehended and put into the back of a Livingston Unit. Stella Hill emerged from her vehicle injured and laid down in the grass. Both Hill and her passenger were transported by ambulance to CHI Livingston Memorial Hospital with undisclosed injuries. Viellieux was physically uninjured. The north-bound lanes of traffic on 146 was blocked during investigation and cleanup. Viellieux had the smell of alcohol and what appeared to be prescription pills were found in his vehicle. Viellieux is likely facing a list of charges that are likely to be enhanced pending a toxicology report. Viellieux's vehicle was recovered by Ken's Towing and will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston. Hill's vehicle was recovered by LakeView Towing and will also be stored in Livingston. This accident remains under investigation by the Texas Highway Patrol. Livingston Police are investigating the hit and run incident part of the accident that occurred by Melbo's store.
55 year old Stella Hill, of Porter, was driving this 2008 Nissan Murano north on 146 when Viellieux crossed the center line causing a glancing head on collision.
Viellieux was driving this 2008 Dodge Avenger.
Hill emerged from her vehicle and laid down in the grass.
Corporal Ramey Bass, with the Texas Highway Patrol, is the primary accident investigator.
Viellieux was checked by EMS personnel.
In addition to smelling of alcohol, a bottle of what appeared to be prescription pills was pulled from Viellieux's vehicle.
Sergeant Sam Lattner (left) assisted Corporal Bass at the scene.
Mixi, Heidi, and Katy were on duty for PolkCountyToday.com.
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