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Livingston senior killed in hit and run

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Memorial to student - Students gather around a memorial built in Cole Overstreet’s parking space Monday afternoon. The Livingston High School senior was said to be someone who was always smiling and caused others to do the same. Photos by Brian Besch | PCEMemorial to student - Students gather around a memorial built in Cole Overstreet’s parking space Monday afternoon. The Livingston High School senior was said to be someone who was always smiling and caused others to do the same. Photos by Brian Besch | PCE

By Emily Banks Wooten
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Livingston High School student Cole Edward Overstreet, 18, of Livingston, was killed in a hit-and-run collision that occurred Friday night on FM 350 South near Kate Lowe Road.

Overstreet, a member of the Livingston Royal Brigade Marching Band, was driving southbound on FM 350 South following the Livingston football game when a northbound vehicle crossed the centerline, colliding head-on with Overstreet’s.

Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Robert “Dooley” Johnson performed an inquest at the scene.

Roy WagnerRoy WagnerAlthough the other driver fled the scene, he turned himself in Sunday night and was arrested and booked into the Polk County Jail. Roy Grant Wagner, 40 of The Woodlands, was charged with failure to stop and render aid resulting in death, unlawful carrying of a weapon and possession of marijuana. Wagner’s criminal history reflects multiple arrests for DWI.

The accident continues to be under investigation by the Texas Highway Patrol and the Texas Rangers.

Livingston ISD posted the following statement on its Facebook page Saturday: “It is sad when our district loses a member of its family. It is even more tragic when such a young life is taken away from us. We mourn the loss of Cole Overstreet, a member of our senior class and Livingston Royal Brigade who was in a car accident last night. We extend our thoughts and sincere condolences to his family members, friends and classmates.”

Friends and classmates erected a memorial in Overstreet’s space in the parking lot of the Livingston High School Sunday and a vigil was held there at the start of the school day Monday.

A Celebration of Life will be held for Overstreet at 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Livingston with Brad Butler officiating. Interment will follow in the Holland Cemetery in Kountze. A visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. at First Baptist Church.

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