Two accidents at LHS prompt safety concerns

LIVINGSTON -- Two similar vehicle accidents last week near the front entrance of Livingston High School on FM 350 South has prompted safety concerns for the district and community.

On Wednesday evening, the driver of a 2008 Chrysler Pacifica, Brittney Hewitt, was northbound on FM 350 South and attempted to turn left into the LHS front entrance. However, Hewitt reportedly failed to yield for a Livingston school bus, driven by Matthew Sellers, that was southbound.

The collision caused Hewitt’s vehicle to spin into a 2000 Toyota Corolla, driven by Badiliso Hernandez, that had stopped to exit the LHS drive.
Hewitt and a passenger in her vehicle were the only individuals to suffer some injuries. No students were reportedly inside the school bus at the time of the accident.

A citation was later issued to Hewitt for failure to yield right-of-way and driving without a license.

The next morning, a driver identified as Angie Few of Livingston was traveling north on FM 350 South and also failed to yield for a southbound vehicle while attempting to enter LHS.

That wreck caused a passenger from Few’s vehicle to be transported to CHI St. Luke’s Heath Memorial hospital with undisclosed injuries. The driver of the southbound vehicle, James Peachee of Livingston, was reportedly uninjured.

The recent accidents prompted a public statement on behalf of LISD on its Facebook page:

“This past week we have had two wrecks on FM 350 in front of Livingston High School. Safety of our students and community has always been a priority for LISD. Please know the district has gone to great lengths to stay engaged regarding the traffic at the high school campus.
“Efforts have been made beginning with the planning stages of the high school construction to present day. The district engaged in conversation with TxDOT (Texas Department of Transportation) earlier this year discussing the safety concerns at the LHS entrance. The City of Livingston is also involved in working to address the area as they do so throughout our community and we appreciate their efforts in this process.

“LISD does not have governance over roads and streets. We have communicated our concerns to the appropriate agency and look forward to solving the problems in the future. Thank you for your understanding.”

Both accidents were placed under the investigation of the Livingston Police Department.