Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

December 13, 2013

Victim in roadside death identified

By Bob Belcher
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — An Iowa man who died after an incident involving an off-duty Malakoff Police officer may have died of natural causes related to cardiac disease.

The victim has been identified as William Livezey, 70, of New Sharon, Iowa. Livezey worked hauling decorative wood and lumber, and was on a product run when he became involved in an incident with the off duty police officer on East State Highway 31 Wednesday morning.

Navarro County Justice of the Peace Vicki Gray said the finding was preliminary, and that a final ruling will be issued after toxicology reports are available.

Livezey died following a roadway incident that took place Wednesday morning east of Corsicana on State Highway 31.

Calls to the Navarro County Sheriff’s Office reported a wreckless driving incident involving a man on a motorcycle — later identified as an off-duty Malakoff Police officer — and Livezey, who was driving a truck and pulling a trailer.

Responding deputies arrived at the Chambers Creek Bridge east of Corsicana to find Livezey on the side of the road in handcuffs, along with the off-duty Malakoff officer. Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner said that when deputies arrived, Livezey fell ill, and deputies performed CPR on him while waiting for an ambulance to arrive. Livezey was pronounced dead a short time later at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Tanner asked the Texas Rangers to take on the investigation since it involved a police officer of another agency.

A DPS spokesman confirmed that Rangers were continuing their investigation into the incident Friday, but did not comment on the specifics of the case.

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