Trooper Zach Lenderman peers at a US mail rural delivery Jeep in a creek by Wilson Lake.
A Sad Day for Local Post Office, Driver Dies on the Job, WILSON LAKE, September 6, 2016 - At approximately 4:30 pm on September 6, 2016 a passer by came upon a rural postal delivery vehicle turned on its side in a creek by Wilson Lake. The blue 2015 Jeep Wrangler is believed to have been in the creek for approximately one hour. Evidence at the scene suggests that the Jeep, driven by Dake Goodwin, 25, of Livingston, was south-bound on Wilson Lake Estates Road when his vehicle left the road to the right and slid sideways down into the creek. Goodwin's vehicle turned on its driver's side and pinned Goodwin under the water where he is believed to have drowned. Indian Springs, Livingston, South Polk County, and Alabama Coushatta Volunteer Fire Departments were dispatched to the scene along with Troopers Kyle Daniel, Zach Lenderman, and Sergeant Sam Lattner with the Texas Highway Patrol. Additionally, representatives from the local Livingston Post Office began to arrive on the scene. Justice of the Peace, Larry Whitworth performed and inquest at the scene. A first call car from Cochran Funeral Home transported Goodwin from the scene. A rollback wrecker from Ken's Towing recovered Goodwin's vehicle and it will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston. It is not known why Goodwin's vehicle left the road, however, the accident remains under investigation by Trooper Kyle Daniel.
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Livingston Postmaster, Jay Stutts (center) showed up to help.
Sergeant Sam Lattner with the Texas Highway Patrol speaks with Livingston Postmaster, Jay Stutts.
Goodwin's vehicle was recovered by Ken's Towing.
Postal workers remove undelivered mail from Goodwin's vehicle.
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