LIVINGSTON – Authorities believe they know the identity of a man found inside a wrecked and burned vehicle Thursday, Dec. 4, but the name has not been released pending confirmation through DNA testing.
The car, a 1989 Ford Taurus, is believed to have been northbound on Lyons Cemetery Road, approximately three miles east of Moscow, when it left the east side of the road and struck a tree, according to Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Zack Lenderman. The vehicle caught fire and burned with the driver still inside.
The driver was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Larry Whitworth.
Although not discovered until later, the crash is believed to have occurred between 5-10 a.m., but because of the low volume of traffic on the road the exact time is unknown, the trooper indicated.
Investigation into the accident is continuing.
Also investigated was a two-vehicle collision at 1:30 p.m. Friday on FM 2457, just east of Hoyt Eastepp Road.
A 2012 Toyota Scion driven by Harold Raymond Briggs Jr., 74, of Van Zandt was westbound and attempted to turn left and make a U-turn to travel east, according to Trooper Robert Akers. The car turned when unsafe and collided with a westbound 1993 Ford pickup truck driven by Ruben Aquirre Sr., 27, of Livingston, which had been traveling behind Briggs' car.
Both drivers were listed with non-incapacitating injuries and were transported by ambulance to CHI St. Luke's Medical Center in Livingston.
Christie Marie Holeman, 34, of New Caney was driving a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee northbound in the right-hand lane. The driver told Trooper Allen Stanton that she fell asleep.
The Jeep traveled across the left lane and into the center median, where it rolled onto it right side and top before coming to rest upright in the left-hand lane.
Holeman, listed with non-incapacitating injuries, was transported by ambulance to the Livingston hospital.
A passenger in the vehicle, 30-year-old Richard Glen Davis, was listed as uninjured.
The accident report indicated no charges have been filed.